India; a subcontinent rich in culture, history, contrast and diversity. 6 major religions, 22 languages and a lot of people. More than 17% of world’s population living in an area which fits to one third of the United States. And every 5 years, a marvellous show is put up.

The General Elections.

In the ongoing general elections more than 900 million of the Indians have become eligible to vote. It is more than the ballots cast in last 7 U.S. Presidential elections combined. In 2014 elections in India there were 8000 candidates from over 450 parties battling for only 543 seats in the lower-house of parliament, known as the LOK-SABHA. An additional 2 seats are nominated by the president from the Anglo-Indian Community.

Breaking down the stats, 1 Member of Parliament (MP) represents 1.5 Million Voters compared to the UK where there are 650 seats and each MP represents 72,000 voters.

Post the elections whichever party or alliance wins the majority of votes gets to choose the Prime Minister. Surprisingly, the common masses appear to have a serious incertitude.

It is predominantly established in the minds that the vote they cast is for the post of the Prime Minister whereas it actually is incredited for electing the Members of Parliaments (MP)

This misconception has given birth to the core of election campaigns in the country. It is a ritual in almost all the constituencies around, that the candidates visit personally and ask every “voter” about their issues and promise them that his Party would take care of the same post getting elected. The rest is known to all.

The issue of actual importance here, is the name under which the whole campaign is run by a Political Party. The complete emphasis is put on highlighting the Prime Ministerial candidate only. Even the candidate who is standing up for the election from a constituency far from that of the Prime Ministerial candidate would ask for a vote from the citizen under the name of the later or that of the Party’s.

Believing that the idea of electing a candidate from the party which is most likely to win would help creating a better governing body is seen very frequently in almost all the states of the country. Mind you that this scenario is of the General Elections, then let alone the State Assemble elections. And even worse it gets in case of local elections.

The idea might sound very meticulous but ultimately it comes down to the candidate’s potential and true caliber which should stand as a criteria for him to get elected on, irrespective of the party to which he belongs.

What do you prioritize?

  • The Party
  • The Candidate

Think for yourself.

© The Honest FablerSarvesh Antapurkar

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