SHILLONG, March 26: The electoral campaigns where opponents hit their rivals are described as ‘unbecoming’ by political observers who have tracked the electioneering process for more than a decade. These political observers felt that the electoral campaign has reached a new low when the candidates and their campaigners focus their attack on the individual candidates rather than on the issues that needed to be addressed.
Taking cognizance of the verbal attacks where campaigners spoke about ‘death’ and rival rebutters started using slurring languages during the public meetings and press conference in Meghalaya, Toki Blah, an eminent citizen of the State said, “It is childish on the part of the candidates who are expected to talk about performance and non performance, issues confronting the people, and instead of stooping to a level where you started describing a candidates personal life”.
The likes of Ian Khongmen said these personal and emotional attacks connects with the people, but it degenerate the values of democracy and enable the candidates to divert the people from the real issues. Khongmen, a master in his own art said, “These personal attacks is an indicator of a small mind and the type of quality leader that we have to choose”, even as he added that the practice of raking emotions during the process of electioneering has always been a pragmatic tools of many political contenders. He never doubts himself in saying that political campaigning by anybody should not be below the belts.
Former Home Minister RG Lyngdoh felt that the verbal duel between the campaigners has degenerated the growing practice of democracy to a juvenile stage. “The talk of vibrant democracy has gone the opposite way”, stated Lyngdoh while taking note on the type of diatribes of the political parties in both the two Parliamentary constituencies in the State.
Many others felt that the type of jibes taken by the campaigners of the political parties is not at par with the Parliamentary procedures. If not a direct attack, the element of sarcasm has reach a new low.
The followers of the election campaigns emphatically said that its “unbecoming” and “uncalled for” to take on your political rivals by pouncing on the personal life.
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