Supreme Court’s recent pronouncement of barring the politicians who have been convicted or are jailed from contesting in the elections, has created an upheaval in the political fraternity of the country. With a vision of cleaning the political system of the nation, the decree has been welcomed by the common man, but a judgment always has a flip side.
Scores of politicians and several political parties are gainsaying the decision by putting forth the argument of false involvement and implications which sometimes put a politician behind the bars. On one hand, the mass is of the view that the decision will bring the game of muscle power to an end whereas the counter point raised by a number of politicians say that several lawmakers go to jail because they are involved in various protests against the authority.
Lawmakers should abide laws, is the crux of the proclamation made by the apex court. But the issue which now arises is about the role of the judiciary system of our country. Markandey Katju, Chairman, Press Council of India, raised an argument about the job of judiciary system of our country. He stated that the work of the judiciary system is to enforce laws, the system cannot make laws. This comment of the retired judge of the Supreme Court can lead to a number of questions on the decision of the court.
If one thinks from the angle of a common person, then it is an obligatory necessity to clean up the political system of the nation, but is it possible to heave away the roots of corruption and hoodlum-ism from the system which has gotten used to the way it is operating? Imposing the decision just before the 2014 general elections has impaled the chances of candidature of many contenders. Contesting from the jail is now looking highly unlikely until the political parties bulldoze the authority to review the pronouncement.
The onus of making policies for the development of the country lies in the hands of the lawmakers/politicians, but to drive the system in the right direction, it should be first made spotless in such a way that it does not put an honest candidate under the fire of allegations. In a country where it is a routine job for a common person to fight for his/her basic rights, the last hope which now persists is a clean political system.