One of the most popular songs of Bollywood - Khaike Paan Banaraswala from the movie Don, sang by Kishore Kumar has been remade, but this song was kept in its original this time sang by Udit Narayan, who has personified the Paan – betel leaf from Banaras also known as Varanasi, the constituency of Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi, a holy city of the Hindus and a sacred place of Shiva, located on the Ganges River, a place where the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) campaign was first launched and which has banned gutka and pan masala in government offices, on the third day in office by Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (UP), Yogi Adityanath.
After the great show of strength by capturing Uttar Pradesh, there is a clear indication of the Anti-incumbency of Non Bharatiya Janata Party rule state, taking advantage of the Modi wave. However, in the state of Meghalaya, where the ground work of visiting the constituency have started, the Ruling Congress is still confidence of coming back to power, although accepting the number of seats might dropped compared to last election.
As the Congress led government have less than a year term, before the state go for General Assembly Election sometime in February – March next, the regional parties continues to play a constructive role as the Opposition Members in the 9th Legislative Assembly. Like a popular song which says: The winner takes it all and the loser has to fall, so also the Indian National Congress who gained 29, and latter one more through bye- election seats in the House of 60 are taking all the limelight.
On the other hand, all the regional parties are still conducting the postmortem over their failure to perform in the 2013 election. All though one general blames game is the use of money power; it actually means which individual party has used more money. There is no denial every individual party in the fray has some way or the other did used money power, the voters during 2013 election have learned the lesson from the past. This time the voters took the cash from all party who offered, but the ultimate decision was on individual which button they would like to press without the influence of the cash received.
The citizens in Meghalaya are known to be socially conscious people. Especially during feast or mourning of the acquaintance or neighbour, at least a member of the family participation is expected and assumed to be compulsory. Also any aspirant politician steps into the arena of politics via such occasion(s). But when it comes to social issues, the similar crowd seen in the house of feast or mourning gets fragmented. The social responsibilities are considered as the business of others and not self. It is strange how the legislators, Civil Societies, Pressure Groups and others claim to be acting on behalf of the masses.
To begin with, no individual household came out to protest against the supply of contaminated drinking water, even after various pressure groups came out with tested report. Even it has been admitted on the Floor of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly that out of 31 sources for drinking water, 28 are not fit for human consumption. The muddy water with earthworms, human hair and others foreign bodies coming out from water tap, are all considered the business of others and not self. As the rainy season creeping in, very soon such contaminated water will be reaching every household in the state.
The Flagship programme of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government under the leadership of Narendra Damodardas Modi of Skilled Development, and the Make in India being one of the most ambitious projects of the Prime Minister, however, Pan India is impossible to have a same parameter of workmanships, as expected by the Ministry, as every individual customs and societies have their own respective glory and pride about their art and customs. Hence, the ministry should allow the traditional art to blooms, instead of trying to chock the production houses aiming at the International markets.
More than producing products which is not even sure about the market demand, the ministry by now should have understood that, more than meeting the market, it will be more beneficial to tapped the Human Resources within the natural surroundings keeping the identification of Unity in Diversities of India.
The internal security for the general public and the safety of women and children is going to be one of the main agenda for the 2018 general election of Meghalaya. The ongoing last Budget session of MUA-II headed by Dr Mukul M Sangma were under fire for the failure of the Police Department in tackling various crimes, topping the list are the kidnapping and sex racket, then comes the traffic congestions. Insurgency might have come down, but the scar in the society caused by perpetrators will surely turned into debates during upcoming election.
This is nothing new; such issues were raised as Dr Sangma were being criticized as he was all set to remain out from the state on his 100th Day in Office in MUA II. He was back home only after on the 102nd Day as Chief Minister.
Unlike his first time, he celebrated his 100th day with great funfair exhibiting his strength. His second time in office, on his first 100th days was seems to be a calm person, no more as the Chief Minister who is in a hurry to launch schemes and projects, this was not expected to have continued till the end of his term.
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