Delhi Elections for Assembly.
1,33,09,708 voters are entitled to vote in Delhi Elections being held to elect local Government of State of Delhi on 7th February 2015. After a fortnight of canvassing, blaring loudspeakers and slogan shouting it is a quite morning in springs. Chirping birds welcomed this morning. Poll canvassing stopped yesterday evening. Apparently the 36 hours are given to voters to mull over the choices they have been presented by political parties.
The obvious perception is that it is two way fight between Modi’s BJP and Kejriwal’s AAP but not in every constituency. Continue reading
Living in Delhi is living in insecurity.
Does Police ever learn from their past mistakes?
Delhi and Mumbai are two cities of India which have faced maximum wrath of terrorism. Innocent people and young children have died in markets from the bombs but brave terrorism risk every day. But it seems that police never learns from its past mistake. Laziness or ignorance of police personnel at street level may become major security threat any time. But to under stand the implication of a small mistake (which I will point out later), let us briefly review the last terror attack in Delhi on Parliament of India.
Revisiting the attack on Parliament on 13th December 2001.
Terrorist riding in a car which looked like an official car of an MP, passed the first corridor of security. It was at second layer of security that they were suspected and thereafter the terrorist inside the car opened fire and killed police personnel on duty. After a prolonged shoot out the terrorists were gunned down but by then they had killed 6 security personnel besides 8 others. In 2014 the entire Parliament paid homage to these security personal who sacrificed their life on the line of duty in a rather elaborate public function which was televised live.
Prime Minister paying homage to martyrs of 2001 attack on Parliament of India.
Now if we notice the most important component in attack is the car. One can not walk down the street with AK-47. It can only be concealed in a Car. What is better is a car which looks like official. Now look at the picture below:
Car No. DL2FDE0063 with red beacon.
Z Class or Maximum Security and a rogue car with red beacon:
The pleasant breeze. Bloom everywhere and just becoming unbearable Sun. It is springs time in New Delhi, India.
India may be poor and home of largest number of poor people but people who get elected to any legislature are either rich or become the rich. How? Everyone know that in India.
2014 is witnessing a new kind of Government in Delhi. A Government in which Ministers travel in Public Transport (Bus or Metro Rail), like working class people, meeting people and talking people. No Cars and no coloured beacon or police pilot.
It is a first in 66 years since independence. How long will it last? Will it spread to other States? Will the Minister grow rich?
Question is not about the party in power or who will come to power. Question is will elected representatives start looking like representatives rather than Kings, Queens and Princes?
© Sandeep Bhalla
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?
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?
Again it is democracy of Westminster Model. The Party Presidents decide. In the same way as General Secretary of Communist party of China?
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.