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Politics is art of the possible; as public memory is short!
Rohit Chandavarkar | Wednesday, 22 February 2017 AT 09:59 PM IST
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Otto Von Bismarck said politics is the art of the possible....

“The art of the possible” refers to the exercise which is not about what's right or what's best. It's about what you can actually get done. In order to achieve that you may resort to any tactic.

There is no space for ethics and the irony is that the whole exercise is happening in full public view.

Two political parties, which were fighting each other tooth and nail and accusing each other of all sorts of wrong doings, are now almost on the verge of uniting together to grab power in India’s richest municipal body. It seems that Shiv Sena and BJP both will not get the seats required to form the local self-government by themselves in BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and seems like they will once again get into a tie-up to rule the corporation like they have ruled it for over 20 years in the past!

So how does the public ignore all the allegations that were being levelled by both sides just till 36 hours ago?

Just over a year ago, in the Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation in Thane district, during the election campaign, the BJP and Shiv Sena were seen levelling the most blatant allegations against each other. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis led the campaign promising the residents of Kalyan-Dombivali that he would bring a development fund of Rs 6,000 crore for the twin cities and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray cursed the BJP for alleged bad governance.

However, at the end of the bitter campaign, none of these two parties got any clear lead and they decided to join hands to share power in the municipal body in order to reap the benefits jointly!

"Fight against each other, use the bitterest language and strong arm tactics against each other, go all out to push the other side to the wall and go into elections, then when it transpires that none of the two have got a majority, get into an alliance again and issue statements about how on the basis of ideology or on some commonality of issues the alliance has happened."

This clearly is the formula adopted by political outfits time and again and the voters are literally taken for a ride.

But it's not just at the state-level look at national parties forming alliance in one state and fighting against each other in the other state. Or being in alliance in the centre and being rivals in the state. All these combinations have been witnessed by the Indian voter.

It seems that the tactic is normally used to fill the space of the opposition. When the ruling party completes over half its term there is obvious resentment that starts to build in among citizens over unfulfilled promises. In such a case, one of the coalition partners can always pretend to take the stand of an opposition party and start pretending to criticise the government. The voters then would naturally tilt towards this party and the voters are really unaware that this is just posturing. Immediately after the elections, the concerned alliance partner shows the indication of returning back to the stable to join the coalition government!  All this becomes possible again and again for the simple reason that public memory is short.

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