With more and more defectors flocking to the Lotus, India might soon dispense with elections
The Big Boss and his Aide-in-Chief discussing the spate of defections which have swelled the ranks of the saffron Lotus, and what this might spell for the country’s political system.
Big Boss: With all these people from other parties defecting to join us, we have an embarrassment of riches.
Aide-in-Chief: We should use our riches to enrich the nation. BB: How can we do that?
A-in-C: Easy, peasy. With all these defectors – or defectives, if you prefer – coming over to us, pretty soon we’ll have no Opposition left, and if there is no Opposition there’ll be no need for elections, as you can’t have elections without at least two sides for voters to choose between. So, no Opposition, no elections. No elections, no election expenses, which at the last guestimate amounted to over Rs 6,000 crore, and counting. We’ll save all that money, and that’s how we’ll enrich the nation. QED.
BB: Wow. That’s great news!
A-in-C: There’s even greater news.
BB: Even greater news? What’s that?
A-in-C: Apart from all the money we’ll save by doing away with all those needless elections, think of all the time and effort we’ll save by not having to run about the country like crazy, campaigning and speechifying before polls, when what weshouldbe doing is governing the nation.
BB: Golly. You’re right again as usual. These stupid elections are nothing but a waste of money and time, both of which would be better spent on governing the nation.
A-in-C: That’s right. And the nation needs one heck of a lot of governing. I mean, just take one thing, the Constitution. So far we’ve only managed to abrogate – or de-fang, as everyone’s calling it – Articles 370 and 35(A). According to the last count, there’re some 448 Articles in the Constitution and, given the opportunity, that’s a whole lot of potential de-fanging to do.
BB: Gee. With all that de-fanging the good old Constitution will need dentures. A-in-C: Right on. Democracy’s become old hat. Long live Namocracy….