Modi’s return a cause for concern

Modi’s return a cause for concern

PUCHONG: While Narendra Modi’s BJP poised for a second term in office, their ally in Tamil Nadu, Dravida Munetra Kazhagam (DMK) is set to pull an upset on the All India Dravida Munetra Kazhagam (AIDMK) state government.

A total of 22 state seats in Tamil Nadu also underwent by-election during the Lok Sabha polls.

Indian nationals in Malaysia have mixed feelings over this development.

“Tamil Nadu has always exchanged its leadership between the AIDMK and DMK. People there would only choose of the two. Other parties can be in power through an alliance with the winning party,” said Kamal Haja Moiden, 47, who is a registered voter

He said this in response to a question on why only the two grand parties came to power despite the rise of new parties such as Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) and a plethora of other parties.

Another voter, Krishna Subramaniam felt that other parties in Tamil Nadu will only be able to make an impact after a decade.

“The MNM and other parties are very new. They only appear during the election and the same goes for its leaders. They need ten years to make an impact,” said Krishna,28, who is a registered voter in Trichy.

He also felt that the parties would not make an impact.

“The DMK will run corruption within their family whereas in the ADMK, it is practiced individually.”

Safraz Nawaz,37 a Tanjavur voter meanwhile pointed out that the by-election in the 22 state seats in Tamil Nadu is a major cause of concern for the AIDMK.

“The DMK already has 98 seat and they lead in 14. AIDMK only has 111 seats. If DMK gets more seats they may form the new state government.”

On BJP’s clear victory in the Lok Sabha, Krishna did not feel that the BJP would bring about major changes to India.

“The BJP did not do anything in the first term. I am not expecting anything this time around,” he said.

He added that Modi favoured industrialization to agriculture which is an important sector for the state of Tamil Nadu.

“Methane, hydrocarbon and other gases should not be used in any part of India,” he added.

Safraz meanwhile pointed out that no one in India would regard the BJP as a good party despite coming into power for the second term.

“No one would say BJP is a good party. They claim to be a custodian of Hinduism but they have only been in power for about 10 years. Who was in power in India as Hinduism has been there for over 2000 years?”

He was sad that the Indian National Congress could not return to power.

By: K Pragalath

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