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Political leaders are often caught lying. Most people accept their lies as necessary evil. But smarter are those who are difficult to be caught in the act. Even an illiterate man can see typical Indian politicians like Lalu Prasad Yadav lying during media interviews. With public becoming more alert, Indian politicians too need to graduate. They need to speak with greater convictions. One of the reasons for Aam Aadmi Party’s phenomenal rise in Delhi is its leaders’ choice of avoiding the usual lies.

The reason cited by Meghalaya’s former minister KK Dkhar for his resignation from the ruling Congress party is not convincing. The vice-president of Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) said he could not tolerate the infighting in the Congress anymore. But, there is always more than what meets the eye in politics. His ‘sacrifice’ of the top post cannot be driven by the sole factor of Congress infighting, an open secret for decades. The country’s oldest party is infamous in Meghalaya for its internal rifts. In its 43 years of statehood, the state had over 20 chief ministers and two stints of President’s Rule, all because of political instability, mostly in the Congress. It appears his quitting the Congress has almost nothing to do with infighting. In fact, the rumblings were more severe a few months ago. Most of the Congress leaders including chief minister Mukul Sangma were camping in New Delhi then, raising speculation of a fall of the government. Timing of Dkhar’s decision only points at either some new ‘offer’ made to him or his less prospects in the party. He too categorically said the resignation should not mean an end to his political career. He was yet to name the party he would be joining, but indications are clear that he already has an offer in hand.

Just like former minister, all political leaders utter unconvincing words in public domain every day. Mukul Sangma became a laughing stock when ‘revealed’ his plans to build a Time Square-like shopping complex at Polo Ground in Shillong. Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi makes a joke of himself every other day. His former cabinet colleague Nilamoni Sen Deka once drew infamy when he claimed that a villager can manage a meal with just Rs 2. May be, this is politics and it will remain so. But doesn’t the public deserve more serious answers from politicians, as the latter is feeding on the formers’ money?

(Published as editorial in The Meghalaya Guardian on January 30, 2015)

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