• June 7, 2024

The End of One-Sided Politics

The End of One-Sided Politics

The End of One-Sided Politics

 Election Competition Returns, Respect for Parliamentary Traditions to Increase

In the recent Lok Sabha elections, it was evident across the country that it was the people, not the opposition parties, who were fighting the elections. The public has put an end to the BJP’s one-sided politics and empowered the opposition to compete with the BJP effectively. This suggests the end of the “there is no alternative” factor and indicates a return to the days of natural politics. In India, politics has always been centered around the charisma of leaders, often leading to arbitrary governance post-elections. However, it is hoped that the narrative of politics and governance, which has been focused solely on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the past decade, will now change.

Despite significant polarization, around 60% of the votes went against the BJP but were not entirely consolidated with the opposition. Analyzing these results will raise questions about political changes, inclusivity in the central government, and the restoration of federalism, institutional autonomy, and the end of person-centered politics.

In a democracy, parties’ roles go beyond contesting elections—they also direct social changes and educate citizens. Over the past decade, the BJP has become an election-winning machine, with harsh political rhetoric becoming a permanent feature rather than a temporary election-time phenomenon. This election cycle has shown that the people are fighting back against one-sided politics, restoring competition in the electoral field and ensuring the opposition’s strength inside parliament. This will prevent the government from disregarding parliamentary traditions and enhance the opposition’s influence in parliamentary committees.

The BJP’s centralized control over politics and governance is expected to decentralize, restoring the concept of federalism and the autonomy of constitutional and statutory institutions, including central investigative agencies. The absence of a strong single-party government at the center might lead to the return of judicial activism, which could have both positive and negative implications.

Coalition governments have historically strengthened liberal, inclusive, and aspirational democracy in India, contributing to the nation’s development. After a decade, voters have again mandated a coalition government, which should be respected and honored.

India’s diverse states have unique problems and needs, making regional parties crucial in addressing local issues. Hence, despite the presence of strong national parties like the BJP and Congress, regional parties remain key players in forming the central government.

There are debates about the role of regional parties in the center—some see them as beneficial for democracy by decentralizing power, while others blame them for delays in decision-making due to coalition dynamics. Regardless of the opinions, the truth is that coalition governments have been a constant in India for the past 35 years, even during the BJP’s strong showings in 2014 and 2019. In 2024, the need for a coalition at the center has re-emerged. A strong opposition is crucial for democracy, preventing the ruling party from becoming arrogant and self-serving.

#IndianPolitics #LokSabhaElections #OneSidedPoliticsEnd #ElectionCompetition #ParliamentaryTraditions #BJP #OppositionStrength #Democracy #CoalitionGovernment #Federalism #JudicialActivism #RegionalParties #VoterMandate

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *