17 Oct, 2015
Time is ticking: Busy with state elections and foreign travels, Modi is failing to deliver – TOI Blogs
Narendra Modi led his party to victory in the general elections last year on a wave of hope. The UPA government had largely stopped governing in its last two years, and Modi promised to get things moving. Nearly 17 months later, his government is failing to deliver. The problem is that Modi is fiddling while India is descending into a possibly disastrous burn.
Perhaps the greatest difficulty is that Modi has not carried the opposition with him. While Congress and the regional parties who were part of the UPA are now paying back BJP for its obstructionist tactics in Parliament from 2004-14, it is also the case that the prime minister has failed to bring them round.
Fundamentally, here, Modi lacks a person of the stature and shrewdness of Pranab Mukherjee who at critical moments in the UPA days elicited BJP’s cooperation. The prime minister’s record in politics, going back at least to Gujarat days, is that he himself cares very little for cabinet, party or legislative scheming. He governs largely through technocrats, and technocrats cannot manage fractious, partisan politics.