The vote of trust in the Lok Sabha was called for as those opposing the US nuclear deal insisted it was against the nation’s interest. The days leading up to Tuesday brought home with unprecedented force the fact that a vast number of legislators — from all political parties — had scant respect for its democratic credentials, or, for that matter, national interest. Besides, a telling statement lies in a comment by one of the jailed MPs; he did not understand one bit of what the deal was about.
So, are not we, the electorate, responsible for the nadir our elected representatives have taken the Indian Parliament to? How they legislate our present — and future — is surely of some interest to us, collectively and individually.
The N-deal will cross the first hurdle, despite many MPs largely voting for their own agendas. Not a risk we can go on taking. It’s time we insisted on accountability from those we elect. And a concrete way is to insist on recalling those who fail us.