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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Mumble, mumble, mumble...


BJP’s double speak is most damaging to its own state government
One of Murphy’s inimitable laws goes like this: When in doubt, mumble. The Bharatiya Janata Party, India’s principal opposition party, might want to consider this after having shot their mouths off , simply to oppose the UPA government. Having hastily & impulsively supported President Abdul Kalam’s decision to send back the office-of-profit Bill (for prevention of disqualification of Parliamentarians holding offices of profit) to the Parliament, the BJP belatedly realized that their own government in Jharkand had very recently suggested a similar Bill to prevent legislators from being disqualified for holding an office of profit.

So does backing Kalam’s objections mean that BJP is ready to allow the disqualification of 12 NDA MLAs in the Jharkhand Assembly (and thus allowing its own government to fall)? Of course not, as the BJP’s damage control media spin has already started blaming the discriminatory nature of the legislation, rather than opposing the legislation itself. Though of course again, in the valiant post-mortem words of BJP Spokesperson Prakash Javadekar, “Our opposition is based on principle.
We are ready to make any sacrifice (read, loss of government) if the UPA decides to withdraw the...legislation.”

Brave words, courageous analysis, but unfortunately, lacking in honesty. The BJP has to necessarily realise that opposing the UPA for everything under the sun would only make it look like a frustrated party in the eyes of the nation. The BJP has a wonderful legacy to be proud of. It has to realise that it is now close to rock bottom, and shooting its mouth off with continuous double speak will only take it there faster. Didn’t you hear Murphy at the start? When in doubt...

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Source :- IIPM Editorial, 2006, Editor - Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri

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