Reformists and losing games in the elections / the old politics of “both this and that” and the constant result of “neither this nor that” – rahnam

According to the political reporter of rahnam News Agency, the results of the examination of the candidates’ qualifications for the Islamic Council’s candidacy in the executive boards were announced on November 19, and from this date, candidates have 50 days to protest the results of the executive boards’ review. Although it is too early to judge the results of the qualifications review, in the past days, the reformists, in response to the results of the announced qualifications, raised the issue of its effect on the elections and claimed to remove this current from the country’s political atmosphere, raising the flag of low participation in the elections.

During this period of elections, the reforms tried to make a show of non-candidacy; Iran’s Reform Front, which has been in charge of their election planning since 1400, after a lot of delay during the pre-registration days, finally announced that people are free to participate in the elections or not!

One of the reasons for showing no candidacy can be seen as their fear of defeat in the elections; If the Ninth Assembly elections were held in 1990, two years after the events of 1988, and the reformists, who were the main culprits of those events, remained silent, and prominent parties and figures refrained from presenting a single list with their silence under the pretext of lack of public participation, but The same trend in the 1994 elections, when they felt that they might win, they entered the field with all their strength and introduced a single list of 30 people for Tehran under the leadership of Mohammad Reza Aref.

In 1998, in the elections of the 11th parliament, they kept silent again and instead of presenting a joint list called the Reform Front or the Supreme Policy Council of Reformists, they sent the parties to the election campaign.

At that time, the Kargazaran party came out with a list called “Yaran Hashemi” which was considered one of the main lists of the reform movement, but according to Mohammad Quchani, a member of the central council of the Kargazaran party, although the reform front had promised to support the list of brokers for the elections, but Finally, the backs of the brokers were emptied.

1402 elections; Extension of the reformist limbo state

In this period of parliamentary elections, with the publication of the news of the qualification of the executive boards, we saw different reactions from the reformists.

The political office of the Ittehad Mellat Party announced in its meeting: This measure has completed the self-sanctioning measures in the 12th Parliament elections, and in this situation, one cannot expect electoral activity from the political currents critical of the current situation!
In an interview with Sazandgi newspaper, Hossein Marashi, Secretary General of Sazandgi, said: This competition is between Raisi and carpet weavers, not reformists and fundamentalists!
Mohammad Reza Aref, the head of the Omid faction of the 10th Parliament, also criticized the process of verifying the qualifications and claimed: the ruling current is looking for people who have the same wax in their hands!

Comments like this raise the question of the reformist movement, which pretended before the pre-registrations that it did not intend to participate in the elections, why do they talk so harshly about the examination of qualifications? These emotional reactions show that either they sent people to the stage to be approved and then announce that they support them, or that due to the virtuality of registration and pre-registration, the middle figures of this light-off stream have registered and now, due to the disqualifications, they are at the stage of the delegations. The implementation of a part of their election program has faced problems.

The reformists, who could not achieve success in the previous two elections and have lost their voter base to a large extent, usually at least at the beginning of each riot, try to take advantage of the created space by taking ambivalent positions and not condemning the riots, and turn the social body of the riots towards them. attract them so that they can use this capacity during the elections, but this opportunistic behavior that wants to enter the election cycle together with the opposition and gain power after that, has given this trend an opportunistic nature.
This is, of course, an adjective used by reformers in their literature; Mohammad Quchani, a member of the central council of the Kargaziran Party, wrote in the August issue of the New Awareness magazine, describing the performance of the radical spectrum of the Iran Reform Front, whose members are mainly the figures of the Ittihad Mellat party; that these people prevented the Reform Front from supporting the candidacy of Abdul Naser Hemmati in the 1400 elections, but surprisingly, they not only listed the name and signature of Seyyed Mohammad Khatami for the Tehran City Council, because they thought that the majority of seats in that council were in the hands of the Ittihad party. It will be the nation, because most of the people in Tehran’s list of reformists were the faces of the nation’s alliance. According to Guchani; “Behind the scenes of this left radicalism was a kind of opportunism!”

Although the presence in political arenas is the right of all currents within the system, but before this stage; It is these political currents that must clarify their duties in the crisis and, while being reformist, try to take the right position for the benefit of the national interests and the preservation of the country’s integrity, rather than acting in the interest of the anti-Iranian front with silence or two-sided reactions in disturbances and riots, and then at the same time With sedition, they also wish to be in power.

In fact, the radical part of the reformers think that with the policy of “both this and that” they are able to attract unrest, rebellion and dissatisfaction in the social body on the one hand, and on the other hand, in the official power structure without any problems. However, this policy adopted by this radical part of the reformists, which has a history as long as the second movement of Khordad in Iran, has resulted in “neither this nor that”; This means that on the one hand, the same body that they wanted to attract considers them as hypocrites and chants “reformist-fundamentalists, it’s all over” and on the other hand, the political system in Iran is also pessimistic about them.

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