Misplaced priorities

The no confidence motion brought in by TDP will be taken up on Friday. Many wonders what was need of this when it is clear that ruling BJP along with its NDA constituent have absolute majority and in all probability the motion will be defeated. Instead of it, the political parties should have debated about the burning issues concerning the people of country. This kind of political stunt is of no help for the ordinary citizens. Given the NDA’s sheer numbers in Lokh Sabha, there is little doubt about a comfortable outcome for the government.
However it might make things clear on where allies and fence sitters stand. Though bitterly opposed to BJP, the NDA ally Shiv Sena is expected to vote for government. The big question will be the decision of fence-sitters in view of next year’s general elections. Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK and Telangana Rashtra Samithi of K Chandrashekar Rao, are likely to vote in favour of the government, after BJP chief Amit Shah reached out to them. Naveen Patnaik’s BJD is likely to abstain. With general election just a year away, the no confidence motion will provide an opportunity to both NDA and UPA to test its strength. Politically it may suit them but the whole exercise will not bear any fruit for the people. It could have been more appropriate if politicians pass important pending bills and discuss the issues that concern the citizen of India. It is a classic case of priorities misplaced.