Harini Calamur in PoV has gone public with her preferences in this election: Why I am voting Congress.
I follow Harini; you should too. Thoughtful, multifaceted and open. More power to her voice and people like her. Even though, in this case, Harini, I totally disagree 🙂
My disagreement is not with your freedom of choice or even the choice itself. That’s your democratic right. I will even concede that given the poor choices we have in this election among all the parties and individuals asking for our votes, Congress can seem as good or as bad as others. But, I differ with your stated reason. Using Manmohan Singh as a sort of tie-breaker between BJP and Congress; just because he is an eminent economist? Come on! Why did the Americans elect a lawyer, then?
Harini, Manmohan Singh was good as a finance minister under Rao because he did not have to worry about the political fallout of his decisions. Rao did it for him. Also, it can be argued that he was always a reluctant reformist, as could be expected from a career bureaucrat who was steeped in Nehruvian socialism.
Let’s look at the so called dream team: Manmohan, PC and Montek. Brainy guys with oodles of experience. Yet, what is the legacy they are leaving behind? What have they built? Are they leaving us in any better shape to face the challenges of poor roads, water scarcity (Supreme Court just sent a ultimatum to the government to get its act together), law and order (20-30% of the country is in Naxalite hands), electricity, sanitation… I can’t remember any initiative of the government in the last five years. Were all of these stalled by the recalcitrant allies?
A prime minister is a CEO. He has to articulate a vision, get a team together and energise the team around the shared vision and execute on the vision.
Manmohan/ Congress’ vision: What was that?
Manmohan/ Congress’ team: Ramadoss: fighting with Venugopal, Raja: poor in even elementary arithmetic, Arjun Singh: diluting higher education standards.. Shivraj Patil: how can we sack him, he is so loyal?
Execution: With the team above, what do you expect? As Buffet says, “it is only in low tide, you can find out who is swimming naked”.
So, Harini, I am sorry. When I vote in Delhi, I will not vote for Congress.