Gaining political mileage
There are many advantages a new political regime enjoys after forming its government at the Centre. One of them is that it can conveniently put the blame for all the ills of the economy and governance on its predecessor.
Similarly, it can brush up the decisions or proposals that its predecessor had put on hold in view of the impending elections and implement them quickly.
If such decisions are tough and provoke popular protests, it can seek shelter under the excuse that all it did was to implement a decision or a proposal mooted by the previous government.
If they are accepted without any ruffling of feathers, the new government can take credit for its purposeful and effective governance!
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Narendra Modi completed 30 days in office last week and a few of its decisions in this period followed precisely this pattern of using its predecessor's decisions conveniently to gain political advantage.
For instance, the monthly cycle of raising diesel prices by half a rupee a litre was continued without any change from what the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was doing for the last several months, barring a short interval when the code of conduct enforced by the Election Commission prevented such a decision from being taken.
A few senior appointments in the government, endorsed by the UPA government, were also similarly ratified.
Text: AK Bhattacharya, Business Standard
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