Why should I distrust a soft speaking democrat who quotes the most holiest of scriptures at every given opportunity. One who "sacrifices" CM chair even more than the last known mega sacrifice in the history of the country - by Sonia of the PM chair (sarcasm intended).
People in various places in India place their trust on some local political formation or other.
But in the interest of the nation, one cannot believe the experimental third front which offers third class alternatives from one opportune time to another.
From PDP in Kashmir, to DMK in TN, from keshubhai in Gujarat to CPI in Bengal, from the so called national alternatives of CPIM to BSP, from AGP in Assam to TMC to TDP to SP to MM .... one may choose them for some local narrow aspiration.
But the fragmentation of polity into smaller unmanageable maverick formations has the potential to wreck nationalists' efforts to rescue the nation from the hands of a Goverment that is as bankrupt of ideas as the state of the treasury that it leaves for the nation.
On the other hand, does that mean that those large swathes who vote for small regional parties are less patriots? No, I am sure the Balkans had their own nationalist objectives too, but it did lead to Balkanization eventually. The constitution allows for federalism, or secularism or socialism or democracy ... how much ever it may be misused.
There's no ill-will to people who wish to exercise that choice, although we have had instances when one becomes too federal for comfort... Like the hurriyat or the DMK of 70s or the ultra communists or ultra right in some cases. And the nationalist right, in its own wisdom, is ideologically opposed to such fragmenting tendencies, and raises the alarm once in a while, in their own judgement.
Not to forget, almost all lohiaites, and even VP Singh came riding on the bandwagon of clean honest politics. We've all seen what became of them. That's because idealism and romanticism doesn't run governments. They have been disastrous for the nation and this needs no elaboration.
My belief : The nation needs consolidation not fragmentation, and I agree with right-wing economic policies and a developmental governance rather than a populist doling one. The basic reason for corruption lies in the descretionary Mai-baap culture being perpetuated by a socialist license-raj.
That explains my ideological opposition to the new kids on the block. My best wishes to them, however arrogant or self-consumed in a sanctimonious righteousness they may be.