Changing Dynamics Of Power Politics: A Peek Into The Maharashtra Mess

Talking about the latest tug of war of ‘who gains what’ in the realm of politics, the most eye-grabbing issue is the elections and its aftermath in Maharashtra. It’s quite upsetting to see that despite the fact that 18 days have passed, not a single party has been able to form its government on the floors of the assembly.

A state which is already aggrieving with the situations of severe crisis, be it water crisis, or the infamous PMC scam, or the falling of the flyover costing innumerable lives or the collapsing of buildings. Maharashtra is a state which urgently requires a strong pillar of governance and fast track justice delivery.

Given the pressing situation of the state, I believe the political gamut of our country is failing to address what is needed and is apparently drunk in the wave of power politics. The catastrophic changes in the alliances take me down to an introspective question which is, is this what a multi-party system ‘democracy’ looks like?

The parties which were staunch opposers of each other are now coming together with a brotherly hug, and on the other hand, the two brothers aren’t able to keep their promises as per the so-called ‘decided’ norms.

We don’t understand such complex power mechanisms! We don’t know if our votes actually hold any weight! What we as citizens want is not just false promises. We don’t want to see political rivals rebuffing each other on the television either. What we want is work, good governance, and answers to the unsolved riddles of injustice.

A farmer doesn’t know when he will get his due. The bank depositors don’t know when they will get their money back. The father who died under the bridge doesn’t know if his wife and son will get any compensation. The irony here is, despite that, the sufferers have walked up to the polling booth to cast their vote in the hope that their representatives will take responsibility. And now they are wondering who is going to listen to them.

Even if we dig into the deal made between the Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena what is actually pinching my mind is, what kind of understanding is this? Is it only the face of a chief minister we want, to validate our position, or is it the fulfillment of the responsibilities that we want?

I’m afraid if the so-called ‘authorities’ think that sharing 2.5 years would help in having a smooth-running government. But what is also frightening to see is that till now, we had parties sharing seats, but most evidently, we may also have a shared Chief-ministership.

I wish all these statements would reach those deaf ears because we have come down to a situation where there is no government in a state, although everybody wants to form one. Reports are floating that it’s ‘time for President’s rule‘, but a citizen’s question remains unanswered.

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