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Power and pelf the main aim of politicians
In My View

Power and pelf the main aim of politicians

In My View

P.C. Punnen

P.C. Punnen

The Governor of Kerala, Arif Mohammed Khan has solved the serious 'constitutional crisis', Kerala had faced over the speech of the Governor which Kerala government had prepared and told him to sign it. He saved his stand by adding his opinion to the document. The Speaker Sivaramakrishnan said on Friday that the Governor's private opinion will not be mentioned in the assembly document. This was a victory for the ruling party and a defeat of the Congress which had proposed a resolution recommending that the President recall the Governor.

This shows what politics can turn out to be. In national politics, the Citizens Amendment Act (CAA) which was passed by the parliament and okayed by the President is under dispute. It has been challenged in the Supreme Court by all sorts of parties and the court is to hear the petitions soon. Thereby hangs a tale. The Supreme Court had in a 7-6 judgment ruled that the parliament cannot change the basic structure of the constitution, in the Keshavanata Bharati case.This ruling will be repeated in this case, hope the petitioners. The ruling party wishes it will be overruled.

In between there is a national agitation against the CAA. The Congress and other opposition parties hope the verdict will not be changed, and hopes that the Act which is against the Muslims as it doesn't confer the same right to them will be struck down. The BJP seems to have thought of the possibilties: they have the Hindu vote in mind. In South India this hope will not wash. But in North India it may become a vote divide which will fetch the BJP a good number of votes. How this hope will work is a matter of serious concern.

Arif Mohammed Khan could have not read the paragraph as he had said the previous day. It seems he had received a letter from the Chief Minister, and he changed his opinion. This change has baffled the Congress which had moved a bill. It was a big blow to the Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala who had hoped that the Marxist party would support his resolution, not that it would have created a change. The President is not bound to obey a resolution passed by assemblies. The CPM and the Governor must have together decided not to pass the resolution.

Earlier the Congress and CPM had joined hands in their move against the CAA but KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran had opposed it and the Congress had to obey his diktat. It remains to be seen whether Ramachandran’s words had lost their meaning. That's because a large number of Muslims who were voters of the Muslim League is against the CAA and they made a very loud mass protest. In the struggle against the CAA organised by the Marxist party, a lot of Muslim League voters had joined. It was a huge success, something which the BJP also has mentioned. The Congress has taken the lead in the agitation started by the students especially in Delhi. The Congress has after much thought decided to wholeheartedly support the move against the CAA and other moves against the BJP. In short, the movement has been given a great momentum.

All this will create problems which the nation has to face. For example, the Kerala Chief Minister's move on constitution matters like the states not willing to implement laws passed by the centre is bound to become a serious centre versus state problem. Pinarayi has the support of Congress chief ministers and Mamata Bannerjee in this. The Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar too has joined them . Nitish Kumar's MPs had supported the CAA in parliament, like the Shiv Sena.

This shows that the parties are making very serious moves which will have a devastating effect on national politics. For example Amit Shah can order the states’ chief ministers to implement Act passed by the Parliament. The chief ministers say they won't accept the diktat at a heavy risk. The Supreme Court will not go against the law's implementation.

Pinarayi's party is aware of all this, as are all political parties. The CPM hopes the Muslim League and Christians in general will support the party. That means the Congress may lose its vote banks. The BJP in Kerala cannot and will not get enough votes because the votes they bank on are primarily Hindu votes. South Indian Hindus are entirely different from the Hindus of North India. Kerala especially has seen no communal riots for decades; the Hindus, Muslims and Christians are together when it comes to a state issue. The floods Kerala had seen 2 years ago is an example of this communal unity. The BJP knows it but hopes it will go against the Congress, its main enemy.

During EMS's ministry's time when a section of Muslims and Christians joined hands against the ministry, the RSS had condemned the first dismissal India had seen of a democratically elected government. Indira Gandhi was the person who was responsible for it and her husband Feroze Gandhi opposed it.

In short, Kerala may see a different kind of politics as years roll on. We are going to see such things. Arif Mohammed Khan was in the Congress and later joined VP Singh's Janata Dal and then joined Mayawati's BSP before finally joining the BJP. What is a politician after all? Power and pelf are their main goals.

The facts and views expressed in the article are those of the writer.