Lucknow, June 3: It's not even a year to go for the next Assembly election in the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh and all parties, including the hapless Congress which could win just two of the 80 seats in the state in the last Lok Sabha election, are preparing for the show which could indicate the way ahead for Indian politics in the next decade.
But strangely, none of the big leaders have addressed the violence which broke out in Mathura on Thursday, resulting in the death of over 20 people, including the superintendent of police.
Except the state's chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav, who is fighting a strong anti-incumbency and Home Minister Rajnath Singh who condoled the deaths, none of PM Narendra Modi, AAP convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal or Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi were seen making any remark on Twitter. Something which they or their office do on almost every second issue. [Hema Malini leaves BJP left red-faced]
Even BJP MP from Mathura Hema Malini was seen posting photos of her ongoing shooting of the film Ek Thi Rani at Madh Island in Mumbai on Twitter. Not a single minute was available for the Dream Girl to say anything on the violence in her constituency? She of course tweeted on Mathura violence later after deleting the earlier tweets but by then, the social media was already abuzz. [Hema Malini deletes tweets on film shooting, posts new ones on Mathura]
The BJP MP didn't feel to tweet anything about Mathura violence?
The PM of the country might be too busy (though it is difficult to accept the fact that Modi did not tweet on this issue for he doesn't even forget the birth date of the Afghanistan president) but why didn't the local MP turn up after Mathura witnessed such a horrific incident? Was it too local for her or is she more interested in issues that give her an opportunity for photo-ops with high-profile leaders like Modi?
Celebrity MPs: They seem to have neither time nor will
It is infortunate that the celebrities who become public representatives by buying their trust ahead of the election do little to stand by them at the time of need. Hema Malini's husband Dharmenda, another veteran actor who had become an MP from Bikaner in Rajasthan of 2004, was also accused of neglecting it. It seems politics doesn't suit the family.
But why didn't BJP or Congress rise to the occasion? Are they waiting for anti-incumbency against SP to get stronger?
But as a political party, why didn't the BJP capitalise on the issue before the elections? Did it decide to wait and see the ruling Samajwadi Party face the flak (since law and order is a state subject) so that it gains from the anti-incumbency next year? The same question can be put before the Congress.
If negative verdict is the only cause that the parties of the day live for to defeat the rivals, then Indian politics is set for gloomy days ahead.