Blog: Old Game
MMM/MSM have found nothing better to mark the President's address to Parliament on 16th April than to announce a boycott. Boycott, walkouts are all old games, old tricks of the MMM. They are signs of losers. Such actions have never been appreciated by the public. Parliamentarians are elected to work in Parliament and play by parliamentary rules.
Most probably, the election of the Deputy Speaker will also take place, a golden opportunity for the government to prove its majority on the floor. Today nobody has any doubt as to the majority of the ruling parties. Somebody rightly pointed out that MPs of ruling party are not so stupid to leave Manchester United and join Bolton Wanderers.
Still loyalty is a rare commodity in politics. SSR has said that loyalty means one should shut up, follow party lines and support the party at all times. At most, a party can give only 60 tickets at general elections.
To satisfy coalition politics, Labour had to give 18 tickets to MSM during the last election. MMM is prepared to give 30 tickets together with the primeministership for three years to SAJ.
SSR had once told me that there is no place to all deserving persons to get tickets, but there is room for every deserving candidate to serve the party.
Politicians have become like Bollywood actors. Their lifespan in politics is short and uncertain. They have to leave the stage and give way to newcomers. Both in politics and movies, only the star survives. They have also to make room for dynasty politics and family members of the leaders.
The bug of politics is such that most politicians have over-inflated egos. But in democracy everybody has the right to think and believe that he is the best. Unfortunately for them it is the electorate that decides who is the best.
In the present scenario, it is not former ministers like Gowressoo, Dullul or Chaddy who can make any significant difference. They are just going to frustrate loyal diehards MMM/MSM aspirants.
Now that SAJ had resigned and accepted to lead the MMM/MSM alliance, the battle lines are clearly drawn, leaders chosen and aligned. The electorate will have to choose between SAJ/Berenger and Navin Ramgoolam. Clearly in the minds of the majority, it will be Mahabharata.
In the Mahabharata, the blind king Dhritarashtra sacrificed everything for his son Duryodhan. SSR used to say that victory will always be where there is Arjuna and Sri Krishna. It is for the electorate to decide who are Dhritarashtra and Duryodhan and who are Arjuna and Krishna.
Politics make people do strange things. How many stalwarts of the MMM and the MSM have not been sacrificed to make room for the personal ambition of Paul Berenger and Anerood Jugnauth?
Paul Berenger wants to be PM at all cost and Anerood Jugnauth has just to crown his son Prince of Wales. Both succeeded. The crown prince could not deliver. He had to call papa to rescue him. During the last elections he had said that he will be Lakshmana to Rama but it is kaliyug now. Nothing is strange if Lakshmana joins Ravana to fight Rama. I wonder how in this land of Ramayana, such action will be tolerated?
SAJ himself had revealed that in 1976 he was delegated to woo the IFB for an electoral agreement with MMM with the promise that Sookdeo Bissoondoyal will be the PM in the future MMM-IFB alliance government.
Sookdeo Bissoondoyal had said Berenger is too arrogant and most ungrateful; he only makes use of people and then dumps them. He is a very dangerous man. I want you to be on guard of such people. Anerood Jugnauth had said that much later he would realise the wisdom of Sookdeo's words.
Then after knowing so closely MMM and Paul Berenger, people are asking what has prompted SAJ to resign as President after being Prime Minister for 13 years and President for nine years to join Berenger and agree to handover real power and the country to him? Who will believe that he has come to save the country?