Mr. Nara Chandra Babu Naidu, the Chief Minister of the State of the Residual Andhra Pradesh in India, is playing a ranking game. He wants to rank everybody for their performances. This type of RANKING GAMES may help him only in short run. In the long run, they may do greater damage to him, he will acquire more enemies. In blog post No. 555 (click-to-goto) we have discussed the question of "Who should rank whom?". In democracy, people elect their representatives, be they Members of the Legislative Assembly, Members of Parliament, Local Bodies, whatever nomenclature they are called. In countries like UK and USA also this happens. The People's Representatives in turn elect their Representatives in the second ladder upwards. This can go on to any number of levels in the ladder or the Triangle with voters at the base and the leaders at top. It is for the voters to rank their representatives. Representatives do not rank the voters. Nowhere in any democratic world it ought to happen. But it happens in Andhra Pradesh.
Voters of the respective constituencies have to evaluate their Representatives (M.L.A., M.P.s, Corporators etc.). If they wish to compare the performance of their Representatives with the performances of Representatives of other Constituencies, that they can do.
Now, what is happening in Residual Andhra Pradesh? Voters are not evaluating the performances of their Representatives. The Representatives who elect their leader, who eventually elect become Chief Minister or the Prime Minister are not evaluating the performance of the CM or the PM they have elected for the term 2014 to 2019. The elected Representatives have become stooges of the Chief Ministers or the Prime Ministers. The Chief Minister, who is supposed as a leader, to counsel his Ministers and MLAs who are running mafias of sand, liquor, granite mining, transport buses, educational mafias, extortions, is instead of discouraging them, and guiding them correctly, is playing a game of Ranking.
In the same manner, if the Chief Minister or the Prime Minister, is indulging in running mafias of any kind, the MLAs, M.P.s and the Cabinet Ministers are expected to counsel and guide the CM/PM in the right direction. Chief Minister or the Prime Minister, is just first among the equals. He is not superior to them. Not only in India, even globally, it must be considered as dangerous, to empower the Chief Ministers / Prime Ministers to have the prerogative of deciding who should , or who should not be in the Cabinet. If such pre-rogative is given, the CMs and PMs will become despots. The Members of their Cabinet will be shivering before the PMs/CMs, as any dissent will make the Cabinet members to be dismissed from the Cabinet.
This SHIVERING can take place even when there is only a slender majority for the ruling Party. This is because of the lacuna, of the Cabinet recommending a President Rule, Dissolution of Lower House, going for fresh elections. In India, there is a practice of Presidents accepting the Cabinet's recommendations for dissolving the Lok Sabha. This strange practice the Chief Ministers / Prime Ministers unchallengeable dictators. Reason: Facing Mid Term elections, no MLA / MP will like. Millions of bucks are to be spent in fresh elections. In hot summer, voters are to be approached door-to-door and votes are to be begged. Currency bundles, liquor bottles, and biriyani packets will have to be distributed. A threat of Mid Term Elections prevents the MLAs /MPs in revolting against their Chief Ministers / Prime Ministers. This possibility is not hypothetically. It is very much valid, and is happening in India.
Why are the Ministers and MLAs allowing themselves to be ranked by Chief Minister? Is it only because he allows them to run various businesses of amassing quick money and recoup/replenish themselves for the next round of elections? Or only because , the CM believes that they are all going to elect his son Mr. Lokesh as next Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, even while he is still alive?
The funniest part is, Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu is ranking even the Opposition M.L.A.s, and of course, placing them at the bottom of the heap.
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One solution: Lower House of Parliament (in India: Lok Sabha at All India level, Legislative Assemblies at State Level) can be made PERENNIAL HOUSES Like the Upper Houses. Every two years, 1/3 of the House can be elected through rotation. Elected Members should have six year terms. 1/3 of the House can be elected by Geographical Constituencies instead of the present 100% by Geographical Constituencies. 1/3 of the House can be elected by farmers, allied-agriculturists, rural artisans. 1/3 of the House can be elected by Labor Unions of both Unorganised Sector and Organised Sector Workers. Implication of this arrangement for Indian Lok Sabha:
First rotation election: 500 members from Geographical Constituencies.
Second rotation election: 500 members from farmers, allied-agriculturists, rural artisans etc.
Third rotation election: 500 members from trade unions both of organised sector, and unorganised sector workers.