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The Art Of Political Duplicity.

India, Feb. 13 -- The most frustrating thing about politicians is that whatever they say in public, the opposite will be true in their actions. This becomes all the more evident during election time as leaders indulge in hoodwinking the gullible voters to no end. Take the case of ticket distribution. Every party, except the ruling dispensation, has dubbed Uttar Pradesh as a State where criminals rule the roost. But look at the candidates who have received party tickets. There is no party which has not showered criminals, whose bio-data reads like pages from Indian Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code, with tickets and symbols. It is nothing but hypocrisy that the parties, which made a hue and cry over collapse of law and order situation in the State, now want the electorate to believe that they would provide a safe State with the help of 'criminal' law-makers.

All the major parties have placed it on record in their election manifestoes that they are seeking votes on 'development issues'. 'Sab ka saath sab ka vikas' is one slogan that Prime Minister Narendra Modi recites like a litany at every possible platform. But his party leaders like Swami Adityanath and Sakshi Maharaj don't give a hoot to his dictum, instead spew communal venom day in and day out. The issue does not relate to BJP alone; every party is plagued by such pretense and duplicity. The Ayodhya issue is another case in point. The saffron party in its official statements, including its manifesto, leaves the matter to the courts, but many of its leaders leave no one in doubt about their determination to build the Mandir at the disputed site.

Parties claiming to place women on equal pedestal with men often end up giving left-handed compliment to the fair sex with disparaging remarks against them. BJP leader Vinay Katiyar's controversial statement that his party had more beautiful star women campaigners than Priyanka Gandhi has taken the election rhetoric to its nadir. Leaders like Azam Khan and Sharad Yadav too made unflattering comments against women, though in different contexts.

The same duplicity is seen in offering tickets to turncoats on a platter. Leaders who were accused of corruption have become as white as snow the moment they have switched their loyalties. 'Dynasty politics' is yet another issue that exposes the double-speak of parties. Usually BJP uses it as a stick to beat Congress with. But as the candidates' lists are out, it becomes increasingly clear that every party can be painted with the same brush. The stain of dynasty politics is splattered across parties. Every party has given tickets to sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of leaders. To end this narrative on a lighter vein, it would be appropriate to quote what former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal said several years ago. When asked why he was making his son Om Prakash Chautala the Chief Minister of Haryana, he retorted: "Should I then make the son of Bhajan Lal as the Chief Minister?" Here one gets some honest admission of the political ground reality.

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Publication:Indian Currents
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Date:Feb 13, 2017
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