1. UP election 2017: Can PM Modi walk his talk on corruption-free Uttar Pradesh?

UP election 2017: Can PM Modi walk his talk on corruption-free Uttar Pradesh?

Prime Minister Modi promised a lot in his Mirzapur speech saying that Uttar Pradesh can be made corruption-free only if we can get rid of BSP, SP-Congress.

By: | Published: March 3, 2017 3:02 PM
Change in party can make a difference, but there is a need for a strong will power. So far there has been no political evidence to show that BJP can do it.

Prime Minister Modi promised a lot in his Mirzapur speech saying that Uttar Pradesh can be made corruption-free only if we can get rid of BSP, SP-Congress. Change in party can make a difference, but there is a need for a strong will power. So far there has been no political evidence to show that BJP can do it. Let’s hope it is not a case of all talk and no action. Does Prime Minister Modi have a roadmap?

His talk of four types of corruption was, indeed, interesting but what beyond that? Can Uttar Pradesh which is one of the most corrupt states become corruption-free with BJP coming to power? Campaign speeches are full of idealism that sell dreams to the voters but Uttar Pradesh is a state that lacks economic vision, political will to break out of its superstructure of crime and corruption. Can BJP government make a big difference to this? If that was the case, India would have been a much better country in the last three years that BJP has been at the helm.

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Uttar Pradesh is even more difficult. It is a boiling cauldron of Indian politics and an economic laggard. Demographically, it should have been the chief growth driver for India; 93% of its citizens are below the age of 60. UP is essentially the population of Germany, France and England together crammed into the area of United Kingdom. It contributes less than 8% to the country’s GDP and for the past several years, irrespective of who was in power, the state’s growth has stagnated at around 6%.

So it is not about the party in power. It is about what difference it can make by having an iron will to root out the malaise of curruption.

The state of governance in UP is such that no private investment happens there. The poor state of governance is visible in the crime statistics of the state. In 2015, the police received over 5.9 million complaints, up from 2.9 million the previous year, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. To be sure ..

UP’s politics has centred on caste and religion which political parties have used opportunistically to create vote banks, fueling rifts and deepening fault lines. And this what Prime Minister Modi is doing? Does he have a roadmap? Is he clear as to what needs to be done to achieve the goals he talks about in his speeches?

These election speeches are only slanging matches and BJP at the helm may not be much different than any other party.

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