People may be able to make their mind in the next few weeks. Unless they give their mandate in a clear cut manner, formation of a stable government is not possible
Venkata Seshasai Deevi
Ours is a federal setup and governance in our country goes according to the principles of a federation. Rights and responsibilities are divided between the Centre and the states. In the same way, both the Centre and the states collect revenue from people. Whatever the revenue collected by the states is retained by them and the Centre keeps a part of revenue collection with it and returns the remaining amount to the respective states.
According to the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission which came into force from April 1, 2015, the share of states in Centre’s revenue collection was hiked to 42 per cent from 32 per cent existing at that time. With the 58 per cent share, the Centre has to discharge many duties and meet different types of expenditure in the course of its governance.
Some sections of media and intelligentsia in Andhra Pradesh raise a strange argument that the Centre is not at all doing any favour to our state as it is just giving back some amount of the revenue collected from our state. Further, they argue that the State need not give any explanation to the Centre regarding the utilisation of the funds granted by it. Some went a step further and asserted that the Centre has no right to collect revenue from the State. This is a very dangerous trend which is not at all suitable for a federal setup.
It is the collective knowledge of people that various subjects in the governance are divided between the Centre and states. Centre has to take care of many aspects which require huge amounts. Maintenance of borders, maintenance of Army, procuring weapons for army, R & D in various fields like medicine, agriculture, defense, etc, maintenance of national highways, national educational institutions, space research and satellite launchings, allocation of funds to National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) and various welfare schemes taken up throughout the country, so on and so forth. The Centre has to manage all this expenditure with its share of 58 per cent funds. Hence, nobody can argue that the Centre has nothing to do with the revenue collected from the states.
Regional Parties and Leaders
Over-enthusiasm of local media in this issue caused much confusion in the minds of voters in the state. Most of the voters are not in a position to conclude as to who is right and who is wrong. Unlike
previous elections, this election is a bit tough for both contestants and voters. Some candidates are
mincing words when they are asked why people should vote for them. They are not able to mention a
few solid reasons to support their candidature.
In the same way, voters are also at crossroads. Most of them feel that the ruling party failed in many areas and cannot be voted back to power. At the same time, they have their own comprehensions about the competence of the opposition leader to rule the state which is facing many problems.
The entry of Pavan Kalyan as the third alternative is not convincing to most of the voters. The main reason for this situation is that the actor-turned-politician is constantly changing his stand. Instead of pointing out the failures of the ruling party, he is criticising the opposition leader in sharp words. Adding to this confusion, various media channels are conducting their own surveys and projecting different results. As such we can say there is some confusion existing in the state.
People may be able to make up their mind in the next few weeks. Unless they give their mandate in a clear cut manner, the formation of a stable government is not possible. If at all a situation of hung assembly arises, the state will be in big trouble.
(The writer is a educationist and writes on political and current affairs)