Politics of Opportunism
With the return of Mukul Roy to the TMC fold, the BJP has suffered another jolt after the defeat in West Bengal elections.With this return the ongoing violence against BJP workers in the state has raised some questions and concerns in the BJP and the Sangh. The question starting to arise among the BJP think tank is that despite being in power at the Center, if the BJP is not able to stand with its workers in their calamity, then why would the workers want to join it in future. In fact, Mukul Roy, an accused in the Saradha chit fund scam, left the TMC and joined the BJP in 2017. Similarly, ahead of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, Congress leader Jitin Prasada has formally joined the BJP. Needless to say that both these leaders, while they were in their respective former parties, used to give open statements against the ideology of the BJP. In fact, there are other instances too of political leaders, who would blast the BJP’s ideology, joining the BJP. Hence, it is noteworthy that there are also some aspects of the problem of defection, which cannot be ignored, because in every situation, the root-cause of defection happens to be opportunism, ambition or greed. But also, somewhere at its core lies the accepted party system in Indian democracy as well as the lack of internal democracy in political parties. In the present era, except the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Communist parties, almost all political parties have become the private fiefs of a leader and his family.
Obviously, the incidents of defection are not new in the political landscape of India. It is common for leaders to move from one party to another, keeping in view their political gains and losses. Yes, it is true that this is not a crime in the eyes of law, and neither are these leaders criminals, but on the basis of morality, they are not only criminals of the public but also the weakest link in democracy. After all, what is the reason for the ideological collapse? In fact, now the definition of politics has changed. Politics no longer means public interest, but self-interest. Youths, who grew up in a political family, have become accustomed to power politics. They have got used to being in power. They cannot live without power. In such a situation, those coming from family politics do not toil for party’s ideology like workers do, but they are given every opportunity to make their politics shine, and for this, a group of activists, who have been instilled with the ideology of the party, are employed. On this basis of the struggle of the same group, the generation of the political family climbs the ladder of selfishness and reaches the top of the power. They are neither concerned with the ideology nor with the theory. Therefore, even after attaining power, they remain completely ignorant of the public interest. Against this backdrop, it cannot be gainsaid that the truth of today is that in the temptation of power, ideology and principles are left behind and the voter, who is called the king of democracy, keeps watching, confused. Having said that it also cannot be gainsaid that it is the truth that achieving power is the ultimate goal in politics, but the way to achieve that goal should be full of principles and morality.
By Deepak Kumar Rath