Describing itself as a democratic socialist group, the Samajwadi Party has been entrusted by the general public of U.P. with the responsibility to govern for five long years. Being one of the political groups formed post the fragmentation of Janata Dal, the party is believed to carry the philosophy and principles that were talked about during the much-hyped J P movement. The irony however is that the party’s flag bearing the election symbol when appears on a car or outside a house, leaves a common man scared.
Trusting the young blood of the party, Akhilesh Yadav, the voters extended massive support in the legislative assembly elections of 2012; however the deliveries of the government have not even touched half the expectations of the public. Though Laptops have added to the grace; the administrators overlooked the fact that these machines are being resold at throwaway prices. Sad to note, the state has become home to communal riots, viciousness of SP workers and leaders, unjustified favors to special communities, and above all, drastic mismanagement.
It was astonishing to read news of 9th April 2014 reporting the arrival of a former MP in Noida, which created a chaos on the roads of the city, with hundreds of SP workers halting traffic on DND. The spokesperson of the Noida Toll Bridge Co. Ltd urged that the authorities were requested to clear the jam; however no one even bothered. Incidences of SP leaders ruthlessly disobeying rules and thrashing guiltless toll workers have now become countless.
Leave what is happening in the villages and far-flung zones, even the metros have become zones of anomalies and abrupt occurrences of violence. Time when most of the other states of the nation are stepping towards brighter and safer living conditions, the state of Uttar Pradesh is struggling with the same old curses of riots, malpractices, corruption, and appeasement. The public that voted in favor of the vibrant blood, Akhilesh Yadav, urgently awaits good governance. Extensive decentralization of power has to be curbed, without delay.
The SP chief at several instances has warned the key administrator, his son and the ministers alleging that the state should not be mismanaged in view of personal interests and abuse of power. The family politics of SP, which revolves around the father, and his son, brothers, and nephews, along with wide intervention of leaders like Azam Khan, failed to comprehend the needs of the common man, corporate houses, farmers, and small scale industries. Multiple power centers created due to superfluous delegation of authority have created issues of favors to a particular business group, which subsequently is reversed in favor of another group that is close to a distinct power center. Curbing this is a pressing necessity.
Plus, instances like refusal of the civil society to work under the leadership of Azam Khan accusing the leader of abusing and insulting the staff. Advising Muslims to have a DNA test in case they do not vote for the party in the general elections of 2014 was another statement of an SP leader that reflected the arrogance of the representatives elected by people. Muslims, who have been the key help to the SP during polls, have too made a move viewing the party’s disaster in managing communal brotherhood and providing work prospects.
High Court’s intervention in matters like withdrawal of cases filed against Muslims, and recklessly providing red lights to party’s leaders reflect the extent of mishandling and exploitation of power. Delays in clearances from the government offices, corruption in the process of tenders and unwanted recurrence of the bidding process delaying the implementation of projects along with cost inflation, lack of adequate infrastructure including power and road transport, groundless policies of the government, and absence of visionary capabilities have restricted businesses to expand and flourish in the state.
The SP leaders will have to learn a lesson from what has happened in the general election with a view to working in the manner which is expected out of the team of top administrators and policy-makers of the state. Law and order are the topmost areas of concern, followed by betterment of infrastructure for corporate houses, and work prospects for youth. Sooner than later, the government will have to take corrective actions, else the lost reputation would be tough to regain. Parting with timeworn ways of governance, and streamlining the administrative and ministerial wings are the urgent needs of the hour.