In what looks like a classic case of appeasement politics, Congress and the BJP are at loggerheads in Nagaland ahead of its Assembly elections. It is clear that both the parties are indulging itself in minority appeasement. Being a predominantly Christian state, where the BJP and it's former ally NPF had been in power since 2003, all political parties are on the fray to appease the majority community of the State.
So obsessed with religious appeasement that the Congress party went one step ahead to openly state in their election manifesto that by an Act of the State government, a Board will be established to facilitate minorities to visit the Holy Land (Jerusalem) at subsidised cost. But not only the Congress, in Nagaland BJP too is on the same page. BJP spokesperson of Nagaland James Vizo said that it was actually BJPs idea to send selective people to Jerusalem on sponsored tour. He also claimed that the BJPs idea was stolen by the Congress.
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“First we’ll have to see what was the context behind these announcements, whether it was said for votes or not,” said Rajya Sabha MP KTS Tulsi.
“This is typical appeasement politics, No connection with real life issues. This is definitely not a very healthy sign for our democracy. If these kind of issues are the so called manifesto in the election, then I think my democracy is doomed,” said Manoj K Jha, spokesperson RJD.