23 January, 2021

Bull's Eye

This column had frequently hoped that a new class of people would emerge to replace the present ...

Bull's Eye
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This column had frequently hoped that a new class of people would emerge to replace the present class of politicians. In vain. Consider the actual political trends. Before Emergency, voters were ideological. They voted for communists, socialists, Jana Sangh and Swatantra, though aware that these parties would not come to power. The Congress housed supporters of all these ideologies. That was why Lohia sought Opposition unity on a common minimum programme. He said Opposition votes added up would challenge the Congress. Events fulfilled Lohia's dream. Because of the Emergency and Jayaprakash Narayan, the Janata Party emerged. Apart from the Congress, it is the only party to have singly governed India.

After the Janata interlude, voter psychology changed. People now sought parties that could enter government. Parties that aspired to govern necessarily had to form coalitions. They had to contest sufficient seats in assemblies to form state governments. This gave a boost to regional parties that relied...

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