Presidential poll in India: How Hindus lost their plot.
~ Upananda Brahmachari.
New Delhi | 30th June, 2012 :: It is now still summer in Delhi. Heat waves moves from the North to South block. From Parliament House street to Raisina Hills. A Heatwave increase due to the top post of President in the country is slated for July 19 and the result would be out on July 22. The term of the present incumbent Pratibha Patil ends on July 24.
So far nominations from 42 contestants have been accepted as primarily valid for their candidature to be scrutinized for the July 19 Presidential election in which UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee is pitted against Opposition candidate Purno Agitok Sangma majorly supported by NDA.
In this federal system of democracy India has prompted the presidential magnitude in a stature of multitude glorification and ornamentation of its constitutional head as a subject of the parliament supremacy. However, the people of this country still thinks a remedy through its Presidential power in a havoc threat perception in this nation through parliamentarian corruption, nepotism, irresponsibility, treachery and all perversions possible in the politics. It is beyond any clarification. But the upcoming two faces in the main fray may not be an ace to trump in this game of hope and respire. Nither Mr. Pranab Mukherjee nor P A Sangma symbolize the people’s hope anyway against corruption and the coalitions of all obnoxious elements in the national spectrum.
Mr. Mukherjee filed his papers in the presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi. Other important leaders who accompanied him include Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad, Lok Jan Shakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan, Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Ajit Singh, BSP Parliamentary Party leader Dara Singh Chauhan, DMK Parliamentary Party leader T.R. Baalu, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and Janata Dal (United) general secretary Shivanand Tiwari.
UPA’s nominee was endorsed by a large number political parties—parties like RJD, SP, BSP and Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP, who are supporting the UPA. Mr Mukherjee has also received the support from other parties like Shiv Sena, JD-U, CPI-M and FB.
The first set of nomination papers in favour of Mr. Mukherjee was submitted by the Prime Minister, Monmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, the Chair Person of UPA. The second set was submitted by senior Congress leader Motilal Vora, while Mukherjee submitted the other two of the total four sets.
The nomination papers were signed by as many as 486 MPs and MLAs, including Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, Congress Legislature Party leaders and PCC chiefs in favour of Mukherjee.
In the contrast, Sangma, whose candidature was propped up by BJD and AIADMK and supported by BJP and some other NDA constituents, had three sets of papers filed in his support.
N Patnaik, CM Odisha filed one set with 108 signatures in Sangma’s favour, another set was filed by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa with 120 signatures, while the third set was filed by L K Advani and P S Badal, CM Punjab with 122 signatures of members of the electoral college. Total 350 MPs and MLAs have signed in favour of Sangma.
Mr. Sangma was accompanied, among others by, senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Shiromon Akali Dal president and Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy and AIADMK Parliamentary Party leader M. Thambidurai.
The electoral college for Presidential election comprises 4,896 members — 776 Members of Parliament and 4,120 Members of Legislative Assemblies, including those of Delhi and Puducherry.
The total value of their votes is 10,98,882 with that of MLAs being 5,49,474 and that of MPs being 5,49,408.
Congress and its allies, including Trinamool Congress, constitute the UPA account for over 4.60 lakh vote value. BJP-led NDA has over 3.04 lakh vote value.
The ‘others’, including parties like Samajwadi Party, BSP and the Left, have over 2.62 lakh vote value.
By percentage Mukherjee deserves 56.17 and Sangma shares 31.7 percentage from general appreaciation.
From the above statistics, the fate of Mukherjee or Sangma is obviously clear with certainly with some ifs and buts.
The Trinmool Congress has not decided yet. There is a question of so-called ‘conscience vote’. Another is ‘cross voting’. The sense of provincialism and racial aspect will take into force. Already propagation from the tribal and Christian lobbies have come to the surface. The Andhra Pradesh Federation of Churches (APFC) has appealed in favour of Sangma as, “He is a Christian by religion; though the members of other Minority communities like the Muslims and Sikhs were given the post of the President not Christians. It is the turn of a Christian now.”
P A Sangma was expelled by his party NCP and her daughter Agatha (now Union Minister of State, Rural Development) may also face the same treatment. Agatha Sangma is charge sheeted with campaigning for her father. In Baster (Chhattisgarh) on Monday 25th June, Union minister Agatha Sangma said it would be a “welcome gesture” if tribal MPs and MLAs voted for her father PA Sangma in the July 19 Presidential election. Aravind Netam, a veteran tribal leader from Jharkhand has been expelled by Congress Party as he had a joint press conference with Sangma before filing his nomination. Netam criticized Congress that the Party did not pay proper attention to the Tribal Welfare and welcomed Sangma as favourable and nominated candidate from the Tribal Forum of India.
Many equations are working stealthily that we don’t know. All will go to Darbar of Sahi Imam and the Darghas without fail. But if you ask anything about the Hindu interest in this presidential election context, you will surely be branded as a communal one in this Hindu Majority Country.
Taking the help of Maratha Hinduvad or Indian Union Muslim League is truly Secular. The Christian sentiments or Tribal demands are also secular enough. But, if you want to raise your voice in favour of Hindutva of Savarkar, Hedgewad or Shyamaprasad, then it is simply communal. Hindus unfortunately succumbed this injustice and tolerated all along. But why?
It is for the maroon Hindu leaderships who have not even any courage to announce a Hindu Presidential Candidate for their own. The line from Nagpur to Jhandelwala has been collapsed. All the Dahrma Sangshad and the Shankara Mutths are either sleeping or engrossed with hallucinations.
BJP, which is branded as a Hindu Party (though it is not a Hindu party nor believes in Hindu Rashtravad) and common Hindus believe as their party, is completely failed to manage a strong Hindu candidate on their own for Presidential election. But, they will not stop their big lectures to save this unfortunate (may call orphan) Hindu Nation.
Hopes of Hindus are being shattered rapidly. Sri Govindacharya, the once proclaimed TT (Think Tank – Chanakya) and present day big luminaries like Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Baba Ramdev, Anna Hazare all proved their differences between gossips and gateways. Their claims are mismatched with their calibers. The tendencies of present day big Hindu leadership are dangerous as they are indulging fatal permissiveness in Hindu Society. Adjustment with identity and self respect is dangerous than anything. In this Presidential poll in India, Hindus lost their plot of any benefit.
Is there any way out? Yes, ray of hope is there. If the small Hindu organizations all over the country join their hands to form a big coalition of alternative Hindu Social and Political Force to compel all the big yawning Hindu Organizations and all political parties to kneel down to this prospective Hindu Nation (Hindu Rashtra), history may be changed then and there.