The million dollar question is who is going to be the next prime minister after Dr. Manmohan Singh. But the more important question is, 'who is not going to be the prime minister'? So many names surface now – this is just incredible and amazing. Our country should be proud of a galaxy of would-be prime ministers although in reality no one has the required support of the people and the parties.
India is at the crossroads, not because the corruption is rampant, not because of the FDI in retail decision, not because the UPA allies threaten the government, and not because of other such major incidents to happen. The country suddenly has so many faces now which are being projected for the top post as if being the prime minister is the solution of all the problems.
To lament over the targeting of Dr. Manmohan Singh is not the subject of this article. Rather, after Dr. Manmohan Singh who will be on the hot seat of the new coalition at the centre? Well, Congress itself is divided over the issue. Rahul’s induction has certainly become difficult after the Congress debacle in UP. The smooth transition of power to a member of Gandhi family from a non-Gandhi prime minister has become almost impossible. The country is now facing serious problems in economic and political fields.
There are many able leaders among the Congress who can easily be sworn in for the top post. Pranab Mukherjee had all the capabilities to become the prime minister. As he is now the President of India, apparently there is none to vie for the post and Rahul is going to be sworn in very soon if the stormy situation following the recent reforms are over. Manmohan Singh is going to be the scapegoat for making the way smooth for Rahul’s coronation.
If mid-term polls are thrust on the country, then the picture will become more confusing, not only for the UPA but also for the opposition parties. From Nitish Kumar to Narendra Modi, everyone is a claimant to the post. On the other hand, in the BJP itself, Modi has to content with Sushma Swaraj and Advani. Among the NDA allies, there are still many more contenders. Some among the UP allies are secretly harbouring the desire of becoming the prime minister, in what capacity, they themselves do not know.
There was one such situation when the CPI(M) got the chance of sending their candidate Jyoti Basu in spite of the fact that CPI(M) got just 10% of the total seats in the Parliament. Charan Singh became Prime Minister that way. But the situation has totally changed now. Even with full majority, governance is impossible these days. It is next to impossible and simply a day dream, if Mulayam Singh, Lalu Prasad, Mamata Banerjee or Jayalalitha dream of becoming the prime minister.
Weak coalition is always enough excuse for rampant corruption. Still there is time for the non-UPA allies to unite and the cohesive effort should be made to project one for the post of premier unanimously. More instability of the coalition means more horsetrading and more corruption. Politics has now become a game of money and muscle. We are tired of these things. If the opposition is responsible there should be a secular and honest forum for assembling all committed people to be at the helm of affairs after the next Lok Sabha poll. The old corrupted hags should go now. Let us ring out the old and ring in the new, not those greedy, avarious bunch of politicians anymore who either in the power or outside the power circles lead the country from bad to worse.
The country was looted by these politicians in power, but now the country is going to be on sale. Who is there really to save India? Where are leaders like Jay Prakash Narayan who can fight without any political aim for offering a healthy and honest alternative to the country for ousting the Gandhi dynasty?