The Civic Elections and Parties/Netas in ‘Mortal Kombat'
By: Amit Bhushan Date: 16th April, 2017
The Civic Elections in the Capital seem once again an opportunity for the Netas and Parties to introspect deeply regards there ‘declared stand' on ‘issues' and what is ‘practiced' by them on daily basis. While there has been calls to the same, however what may have been left unclear is whether ‘development or nationalism is the core agenda' now for some party or if ‘anti-corruption without directional clarity' is moving towards some achievement for some other and it leave some other party unmentioned, for obvious reasons, I suppose but that might perhaps reflect a lack of ‘independence' so thought should include the same as well.
A host of issuses have already been raised for what perhaps may be a rather symbolic elections since local bodies revolve mainly around ‘Safai in Mohallah', ‘maintenance works' and may be parking space and public space encroachments etc. Of course some attendant issues thrown in because the erstwhile local bodies & netas too had preference to spread their wings beyond resources, just like all other netas. So we have some ‘do or die' reverberations although won't be surprised if keeping post elections skeletons in cup-board from spilling out is one of the goals for the defendants as well as the challengers. So we have the slugfest around ‘Fears and Egos' or settings of Mortal Kombat.
Like the game, the Netas would need lots of ‘Faith' on their ability to push or sell their agenda to the masses (& this would perhaps test their conviction on the agenda itself) with the addition liability to overcome their ‘Fears & Egos' to drive the result. It perhaps doesn't help if the netas haven't figured out that what keeps going wrong with elected corporators, almost all the time and what would be different in campaign as well as selection or other variables so that this election isn't another short term adhocism. There may be quite a few including in the commercial news media ‘skeptical' with a preference for the ‘status quo' rather than ‘change drivers', we have an interesting situation. Added to it is fact that there may be a dearth of ‘media heros' for the Local bodies election. This then really boils down to the ‘candidates' themselves to reach-out to their constituents to communicate their message with some ‘masala' and other distractions continued to be thrown in at regular intervals. Let's see the ‘Game' evolve…