Be trans­par­ent

The Hindu - - EDITORIAL -

ri­vals, the SP and the BSP, in Ut­tar Pradesh has left the Congress cold. The al­liance in West Ben­gal is in the dol­drums. An en­thused TRS chief and Te­lan­gana Chief Min­is­ter K. Chan­drashekar Rao is leav­ing no stone un­turned to form a fed­eral front against both the BJP and the Congress. One does not know what the sit­u­a­tion will be like in Ker­ala and in Andhra Pradesh. The big ques­tion many want to know is who will head the coali­tion of Op­po­si­tion par­ties and what their agenda for the na­tion is other than de­feat­ing com­mon en­emy, Naren­dra Modi and his party, the BJP.

Ex­cept DMK chief M.K. Stalin, all other nonCongress Op­po­si­tion par­ties are tight-lipped about their prime min­is­te­rial can­di­date. The na­tion is bound to pay heavy price if there is an un­sta­ble and weak govern­ment formed by par­ties lack­ing co­he­sion. In a democ­racy, peo­ple have a right to know what is hap­pen­ing in the coun­try. The strange hap­pen­ings at late Tamil Nadu Chief Min­is­ter Jay­alalithaa’s es­tate in the Nil­giris must be probed. Black­ing out a me­dia re­port and mak­ing the threat of le­gal ac­tion are odd re­ac­tions by the State govern­ment (Tamil Nadu, “Those be­hind Ko­danad video will be ex­posed” and “Ko­danad case: Oppn. de­mands probe, Edap­padi’s res­ig­na­tion”, Jan­uary 13). The way in which it is rush­ing to gag things leads to sus­pi­cion that there is more to the in­ci­dents than what meets the eye.

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