Questions for Mr Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is a universally respected man well known for his prowess as an economist, and recognized as the man responsible for India’s economic resurgence in the nineties.
He has a CV to die for. He has a clean record. He is cool and pleasant natured. He is respected by all.
It is April 2009, and the general elections are upon us. The Indian proletariat is going to the polls in one of the biggest logistical exercises of our times. Manmohan Singh is the Congress’ Prime Ministerial candidate.
But there’s some issues bothering us, and issues we would like addressed before we can decide who to vote for.
First is the fact that you are not even contesting the election.
You have never been elected to the Lok Sabha, and are currently a member of the Rajya Sabha. In 1999 you ran for South Delhi, but lost the election.
Yet you are the Prime Minister. And hoping for a second term.
Now here’s the thing – we the aam aadmi were told that we will go to the polling booth and vote for some people, and that will lead to the formation of a government. The leader of that government will be the Prime Minister of the country.
If you didn’t even come to us to get our vote, do you deserve to become the Prime Minister? The Constitution may allow a Rajya Sabha member to become PM, but that doesn’t mean that the leader of the (ostensibly) largest party shouldn’t even bother contesting the elections.
As citizens, do we at least deserve that little favor from you? Does public opinion mean anything in the world’s biggest democracy?
You say that you are not going to fight the elections because of your health. If you have health problems, then shouldn’t someone in better physical condition be given the responsibility of leading the country? God forbid. The pressures of being PM must be many.
Also, what’s going on with Advani? You are the leader of Congress, and he of BJP. These are the largest parties in India currently. Why would you refuse his offer of televised debates to ‘deny him the privilege of being the alternate PM‘ ? He is as much an alternate PM as you are. Doesn’t he deserve being acknowledged as such?
Terrorism has become the bane of our existence, and as expected it is one of the bigger issues in this election. You and the other Congress leaders have been attacking the BJP raising the unfortunate events from Kandahar. Makes us wonder what a Congress government might have done to save the 200 odd passengers on board that flight. After 11/26 we are not quite convinced that the Congress is any better equipped to handle terrorist events of such magnitude.
You have health problems. By your admission, you cannot match Advani in public speaking. You don’t want to contest the elections. It is widely claimed, and believed, that you are not even the true leader of the Congress.
Why then should you become Prime Minister of India?