Barring tangential references to personalities, we are sure people would like to know what the political parties plan to do to keep prices down, to generate employment, to provide education and healthcare, to make sure that the food security Bill really works, to ensure security for the nation and to keep people safe in the cities and towns. But we haven’t heard a squeak about all this so far.
There are issues that the main parties can highlight. The BJP can most project its record in the states it rules since most of them are well run. The Congress can claim to its credit its many social welfare schemes. Both can really go beyond hitting out at individuals and harping on the negative factors. An example is the perennial squabble over each other’s abysmal track record when it comes to communal riots. Then there is the ‘you are more corrupt than me’ discourse which again undermines voter confidence. Politicians of all hues should do a bit of rethink and recast their discourse as one by the politicians for the people.