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Editorial: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Needed in Politics Too

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Port Wings, 03 Oct 2018:

For the past four years, Indians are regularly witness mass cleaning events by Union Government controlled entities, be it port sector or from banking sectors, during mid-September till October first week, coinciding with birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.

The drive which was started at Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014, slowly turned to different names in last three years and now it has become Swatchhta Pakhwada” & “Swatchhta hi Seva.”

However, the intuition of inculcating mass cleaning drive in the minds of common people by the organizers that is the Union Government remains the same. And, year after year, common people, besides the official machinery, getting involved into the massive exercise of cleaning throughout the nation.

For the opposition parties, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is totally a political agenda and nothing else. According to them, it helps the ruling party to drive home their “message,” which will be reflected in 2019 General Elections through these drives.

For them, the cleaning drive is nothing but an idea of Prime Minister Modi to remove the promises that he had made to public while election campaigning from the mind of Indians and make it a clean slate so that they will be again ready to hear from what Modi will be ‘promising’ when he hits the election campaign in next few months.

Well this cleaning drive will help the ruling party in converting it to votes in 2019 or not, we may not have a clear answer. However, the country is yawning for another Swach Bharat – in politics.

The wait for clean politics is getting longer and longer. The Supreme Court also a week ago ruled that it cannot cross the ‘Lakshman Rekha’ to bar criminals from contesting elections, even as it urged Parliament to come up with an effective law to prevent persons with serious criminal cases pending against them from entering the legislature.

On this front, common people expect that the current government starts even bigger mission to cleanse the whole system, which has decayed into primitive stage.

While asserting that corruption and criminalisation of politics are hitting the root of democracy, the supreme top court asked the Parliament to take steps urgently to curb this menace. To cleanse the political system, the five-judge Bench headed by chief justice Dipak Misra has now ordered all candidates to put in bold letters her/his criminal antecedents in the required affidavit, even as political parties have been told to make adequate disclosures about their candidates so that voters can make an informed choice.

The common people will believe the apex court’s decision to keep criminals out of politics only when the order is implemented in letter and spirit by the political parties.

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