New Delhi: Switching loyalty has become a common phenomenon in Indian politics. When it comes to opportunistic politics, hardly any politician cares about party ideology or probity in political life. They immediately prefer to switch their side for political gains. Leaders of the country are usually found to be taking U-turn with regard their own proclaimed ideology. It reflects that worlds like ideology and probity hardly make any sense for them.

The recent example is of senior Congress leader Narhari Amin who joined BJP just a week ahead of Gujarat Assembly elections. Amin was annoyed over distribution of tickets as the party refused to field him from Gandhinagar South.

Earlier this year, two tainted BSP leaders Babu Singh Kushwaha and Badshah Singh joined BJP after being expelled by the party. The BJP welcomed both the tainted leaders with open hands despite knowing the fact that Kushwaha was accused of multi-crore NRHM scam. Days before inducting them, the BJP was accusing the BSP supremo of going soft on accused in the NRHM scam which allegedly claimed lives of two Chief Medical officers.

These incidents clearly indicate that the politicians have become opportunistic. But it would be wrong to blame only leaders. Political Parties too are equally responsible as they don’t hesitate to eat their words. One political party will find every fault in other and keep blaming their leaders for various reasons. But for sheer benefit and to gain some strength they forget their war of words and welcome leaders from the rival parties.

Former Karnataka Chief Minister S Bangarappa was described as a party-hopper by his critics. In his political career, Bangarappa tried to remain in power by switching sides. Similar was the case with Shankarsinh Vaghela who rebelled from BJP and joined Congress. Later he was inducted into the in Manmohan Singh Cabinet as Minister of Textiles in 2004. 

Clearly, neither political parties nor people of the country will be benefitted from this practice. Such incidents show that the leaders are busy in securing their own political future rather than working for the welfare of the people.

JPN/ Raghwendra Shukla

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