When party co­or­di­na­tors go berserk

Business Bhutan - - Editorial -

Po­lit­i­cal co­or­di­na­tors and party work­ers are un­ques­tion­ably im­por­tant in pol­i­tics as agents of po­lit­i­cal par­ties for pro­mo­tional, ad­min­is­tra­tive and fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

As am­bas­sador or mes­sen­ger of a po­lit­i­cal party or can­di­date, party co­or­di­na­tors are the key play­ers that peo­ple at the grass­roots look upon. And it goes with­out say­ing that these co­or­di­na­tors show and must ex­hibit the val­ues and prin­ci­ples of the party they rep­re­sent; thus de­mand­ing them to lead by ex­am­ples.

How­ever, go­ing by the con­ducts of some ar­dent po­lit­i­cal co­or­di­na­tors lately, it ap­pears that lead­ing by ex­am­ples is some­thing a long way away. Take the re­cent case, where a party co­or­di­na­tor was ar­rested af­ter he had al­legedly threat­ened to kill a reg­is­tered mem­ber of an­other party on so­cial me­dia. The co­or­di­na­tor had ver­bally de­famed and threat­ened the reg­is­tered mem­ber.

The above case is not only about how the so­cial me­dia is in­creas­ingly be­ing mis­used to prop­a­gate dan­ger­ous po­lit­i­cal views, but also about a party co­or­di­na­tor in­cit­ing violence. Is this what we ex­pect from our party co­or­di­na­tors and work­ers? Are these the du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties party co­or­di­na­tors must shoul­der?

There is no deny­ing that these co­or­di­na­tors and work­ers need to work to garner sup­port. Or they are try­ing to garner sup­port. But the na­ture of pol­i­tics they are in­volved at if we look at the above case is some sorts of bel­ligerency. For­get let­ting these kinds of peo­ple prop­a­gate such pol­i­tics, we shouldn’t even tol­er­ate these kinds of peo­ple. The seeds of dis­cord that we al­low to be sowed now will only bear more ha­tred and di­vi­sion later, which would un­de­ni­ably be dan­ger­ous.

It’s there­fore worth con­tem­plat­ing and scru­ti­niz­ing the kinds of pol­i­tics these party co­or­di­na­tors and work­ers are play­ing at the grass­roots or com­mu­nity level. What kinds of pol­i­tick­ing are hap­pen­ing at the grass­roots level? Is there even a code of con­duct for them set by the party or rel­e­vant agen­cies? It’s im­por­tant be­cause these are the peo­ple that the com­mon peo­ple lis­ten to and fol­low.

Mean­while, these party co­or­di­na­tors or work­ers alone can­not be blamed. The obli­ga­tion falls on the po­lit­i­cal party as well. Even the elec­toral laws re­quire a po­lit­i­cal party and/or can­di­date to en­sure that their sup­port­ers do not in­dulge in any un­law­ful act or cor­rupt prac­tices and that they must avoid defam­a­tory and deroga­tory at­tacks on other par­ties or per­son­al­i­ties and avoid in­flam­ma­tory lan­guage, provoca­tive ac­tions or im­ages at all fo­rums and at all times.

The po­lit­i­cal par­ties as such have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity of their co­or­di­na­tors and work­ers as the lat­ter are se­lected, elected and paid by them. Po­lit­i­cal par­ties should be held ac­count­able for the con­duct of peo­ple un­der them. Just be­cause some­body is in­flu­en­tial, doesn’t mean that he/she should be ap­pointed? Po­lit­i­cal par­ties need to think of the larger pic­ture.

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