Election 2014: How India Votes?

Parliamentary Elections in India in 2014.

Elections 2014:

Elections process kick started today on the day of Ashtami, considered auspicious by most of Hindus, which is the 8th auspicious day of the celebrations of Navratra. India shall vote to elect the Union/Central Government in New Delhi. The Constitution of India is quasi-federal. In other words it is heavily biased in favour of Central/Union Government in terms of power. Every adult person is entitled to vote for the Government. This being Parliamentary form of Government, a representative from each constituency shall be elected and all elected representative shall form a Government. But that is only in principle.
Involvement of political parties with their legal power to whip the members of parliament to act in a certain way, makes the formation of Government, a mere formality if that particular party comes into power with majority seats in Parliament. However the larger question is: How electors elect the representatives? Continue reading

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New Delhi Election 2013 fiasco and inner party democracy

The Finale of Fiasco

The election results in New Delhi have decidedly rejected ruling party but returned a hung assembly with no party in clear majority and insufficient ‘independent’ members of legislature for ‘horse trading‘.
But what are winners doing: rhetoric!
Both winning parties AAP and BJP finds each other untouchable.
But before announcing that they will not support each other, as suggested by many, have they consulted the elected members of their party?
NO!
Nor will they. It is democracy. Or should I say Westminster Form of democracy. Elector and elected do not matter. Party matters.
But does party takes vote on the question?
NO!
Again it is democracy of Westminster Model. The Party Presidents decide. In the same way as General Secretary of Communist party of China?
Perhaps!
We can watch and do what?
I don’t know?
Me the voter, is the really helpless entity. Having elected you both was the mistake.
Come back and gamble again. I will show you the first preference but do not try patience too long.
What I still remain undecided and return hung verdict, again?
Think about that before gambling on billions more. Do not come for donation again. You are on your own, for now.

 

Election New Delhi 2013: AAP or BJP: To be or not to be?

New Delhi went to poll last week and results are out. The main contest was believed to be between ruling Congress Party and Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). But as it turns out, the ruling party stands decimated and the contest was between traditional BJP and last year formed Aam Admi Party (AAP) or Common Man’s Party. The latter is a new entrant and offering itself as a clean image and corruption free party. Out of 70 total seats in Delhi legislature, BJP got 31 and AAP got 28 seats respectively. After its rout the ruling party got 8 seats out of which 5 are from Muslim population dominated area.
It appears that BJP got its traditional voter support with a little or no addition. AAP got the votes of poor, migrant and students. Continue reading

Election 2013 in New Delhi

This is a musing about state of affairs of elections and politicians. The election to State assembly of New Delhi will take place on 4th of December, 2013. Being a parliamentary form of government we shall be electing the members of Delhi legislature, who will form the Govt. While it is certain from the attitude of Ruling Party that they are tired of being in Government for ten years and now have no intention to be further troubled. This is reflected by two things:
1. No gesture of remedial steps taken in respect of any of the grievances made in past one year and when I am saying remedial, I only mean gesture because remedy can not be expected from such corrupt and inefficient government.
2. They do not have any election slogan. While opposition parties are shouting corruption and inflation, the ruling party does say something but it does not register as it is a mumbling of few meaningless words or slogan like ‘great existentialism’. Continue reading