It is really depressing to find that instead of any improvement new and innovative unethical practices are creeping into our decrepit political system.
At present selection of candidates by political parties for contesting elections is mostly based on loyalty, electability and relationship with big guns of the party instead of merit. Previously party members used to accept the decision of the party, but of late some aspirants who think that they are the most suitable candidate, especially if their party is in power are not willing to accept the decision. To overcome this problem these parties have formulated an innovative policy. In case there is more than one candidate in a constituency and the party is unable to decide who has the best chance to win party does not issue party ticket to any of the candidates and tell them to contest as independent candidates. The objective is that if anyone from this lot wins the party has the option of owning the winner. If later the party is able to reach a conclusion about selecting one of these candidates as its nominee it asks others to withdraw and issue its ticket to the selected candidate. But, when some or all of these candidates refuse to oblige, they are offered incentives in the form of doing some favor in the future. If they still do not agree they are threatened with disciplinary action. If still these candidates remain adamant and contest elections as independent candidates their fate depends on the result of the election. If they lose they are expelled from the party. If anyone of them is the winner, violation of party discipline is forgotten and he is approached by the party for his rejoining. If the party is in power mostly the offer is accepted.
Do these practices have any legal or moral base? Are these in accordance with democratic norms, values and traditions?
Is democracy being strengthened by adopting these practices?
After the recent first phase of local government election in Punjab, two political leaders of PML(N) triumphantly declared that the elections were not between PML(N) and PTI, but between PML(N) and PML(N). Could there be a bigger moral bankruptcy?