By Dr Samuel Nicholas Duymun
The labour party of Navin Ramgoolam has just overtaken the MSM of the Jugnauths in this race for general elections 2019. Talking with certain political observers and also to three expert bookmakers at Tombeau Bay last Saturday regarding whose political party will reach the winning post, the three of them were of the same opinion that Labour party could first past the post. They even said that the population is taking good notes of the weaknesses and indecisive actions of Pravind Kumar Jugnauth as PM.
As long as MPs like Soodhun, Tarolah, Dayal, Rughoobur, Jaunboccus, Teeluckdharry and Gayan form part of the MSM government, the chance is slim for the Jugnauth government to win the next general elections. The PM keeps relying on his marketing on certain projects about making Mauritius a modern country with lots of developments in various fields but he forgets of the nitty- gritty things which are far more important for the people of this country such as jobs, purchasing power, corruptions in various of our institutions, health problem in hospitals, education where 6000 graduates are unemployed, road accidents where over 162 people have died on our roads since January, 2018, where the rich is becoming richer and the poor , poorer , and other domestic issues.
In all fairness, the MSM government has done certain good things because the PM comes out with flying colours on his good actions such as minimum salary compensation, negative income tax, metro express, and other developments such as road infrastructure but in the Mauritian context, that does not work at all and is not enough to conquer the hearts of the population to win an election. Voters will just call this an electioneering modus operandi of any government in power to try to re-win a next general election. Besides, the population is not concerned about all these developments across the country as they have already labelled these government projects as capitalist developments. These are only for the rich and nothing to do for the poor.
What the population can’t stand is the indecisive action of a rubber stamp PM of the like Pravin Kumar Jugnauth. Here is a classic example: How comes that after the publication of the Commission of Inquiry on Drugs by an ex.High Court Justice where recommendations have been made against certain MPs within the government and other members of same, the PM did not take actions and instead he put another task force to inquire on such Commission of inquiry’s recommendations. If this is not an insult to a prestigious institution presided by an ex-High Court Justice, how does one call this then?
Soodhun has committed blunders over blunders and he has even certain cases pending in the court of law, and still he is still kicking about and to make matter worse, he is trying to show his authority as President of the MSM.
According to the DPP, Tarolah had a prima facie case of contempt of Parliament. Instead of being sanctioned by the Speaker, he was exculpated by the Speaker and came out scot free from the offence. And yet we have a PM who is worthless. Had it been for Ramgoolam or SAJ or even Berenger as PMs, none of those MPS like Soodhun, Tarolah and Dayal would survive politically. This is why MSM is losing ground behind the Labour party in the race for the 2019 general elections. No way the population will caution a PM of the like of Pravind Jugnauth who in the first place has usurped the position of a PM and he is a very indecisive PM with lots of weaknesses.
The Opposition parties are joining hands to make sure that this time, the Labour party will win over nepotism and favouritism. Already many private meetings were held in Plaine Verte, Poudre d’Or, Caroline, GRSE, Camp Ithier and Chamouny as well as across the islands to subdue the MSM. Villains are becoming Heroes in the MSM, thanks to the Speaker of our National Assembly and of our rubber stamp PM ! These are words which are written in certain areas of the country by people.
There is also a great probability that Ramgoolam will take on board the PMSD. As for the MSM, only time will tell as so far nothing has been decided yet!
Last but not least the Jugnauth government will soon face a political shock to realize that most, if not all Muslims and other minorities will not vote for the MSM for their actions of trying to abolish the Best loser System (BLS). This is what the MSM did exactly on the Muslim Personal Law (MPL) in the old days. And we all know what happened to the MSM after abolishing the MPL!