oppn parties Turncoats: One Day Here, Next Day There

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  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
  • Pakistan opens its airspace for Indian planes
  • Dilapidated building collapses in Mumbai, killing more than 10 people while many were still trapped
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav case verdict to be delivered today by the ICJ
  • A Vistara flight landed in Lucknow with just 5 to 10 minutes of fuel left in the tank
  • Supreme Court to decide on Karnataka MLAs plea today
  • Karnataka alliance to face floor test on Thursday
  • China says that the next Dalai Lama will be appointed by it
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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Turncoats: One Day Here, Next Day There

By A Special Correspondent

In this election season, it seems the ticket to contest is supreme and the party or ideology has been thrown to the dogs. The latest to affirm this is Udit Raj, the BJP MP from North West Delhi who promptly joined the Congress on being denied a ticket by his former party. On joining the Congress, Raj said that he always opposed the BJP’s policies. If Raj reflects, that one statement will give him the clue why the BJP dropped him. How can one oppose the policies of the party and still yearn and hope for a ticket? Before him, the high profile Shatrughan Sinha had also left the party after being denied a ticket, as had Navjot Singh Sidhu a year before him.

The BJP is not the only party that is seeing people leaving it over the distribution of tickets. All parties are experiencing this, showing how moral values have replaced self-interest. Previously, when someone was denied a ticket, he or she would accept the decision as a “loyal soldier of the party” and would say that he would work to strengthen the organization. But now the party means nothing, the only thing of value is the ticket to contest.

People are changing parties not for ideology but for self-gain and convenience. Husband and wife (Shatrughan and Poonam Sinha) are joining different parties for the same reason. People like Sidhu and Sinha find nothing wrong in now singing the praises for Rahul Gandhi, who to them was enemy number one and the butt of their jokes even a few months back. Turncoats are shameless and have no morals. Their only interest is their self-interest.

If and when politicians decide to clean up the messy election laws in India, one thinks that this practice of giving instant tickets to turncoats also needs to be looked into. One feels that there should be a gestation period of at least one year before a turncoat can aspire for a ticket from his newly-joined party. That would perhaps instill a sense of propriety in some of those who have no morals.

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