Even as states go to polls in the runup to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, political parties “are bereft of any programme to uplift the masses”, said Justice Rajindar Sachar, on Thursday.
Delivering the Eighth Sumitra Chishti Memorial Lecture on “Indian Constitution: Social Justice and Inclusive Development” at India International Centre, the former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court came down heavily on political parties campaigning for polls. “Elections are hovering over us. The so-called main parties and other state level parties are bereft of any programme to uplift the masses. There is no debate on any sociological, economic and political issues,” said Justice Sachar.
With the race to 2014 general elections turning into a Rahul Gandhi vs Narendra Modi battle, Justice Sachar criticised the manner in which parties were pitting the two leaders. “All of them are projecting the one leader concept. The whole effort is geared to religiously project the leader as some kind of supernatural phenomenon in the hope of coming to power and bask under his projection,” he said.
Stating that the constitution talks about ideas of “socialism, secularism and democracy” guiding government programmes, Sachar said, “Ironically, both government and main opposition sing the song of market oriented development, a pseudonym for capitalist mode of production.”