The Election Season’s here!

It’s time for the Great Indian Election Drama. This time, about 20% of the electorate is made up of first- time voters. I’m one of them, and I’m completely clueless as to who I’m gonna vote for.

To vote or not to vote- that’s not really a question.  I’d love to spend the election day at home, reading A Suitable Boy. But they say that people who don’t go out to vote lose the right to complain about everything that’s wrong with the country and the government. I can’t give up my cribbing rights, so vote I must.

NOTA is Not an Option for Thinking Adults. Just think about it- who in their right minds would go out of the house in this summer heat and stand in a queue for hours, just to vote for None Of The Above? In my college, if more than 3 students select NOTA in the election for the Class Representative, fresh elections are held with new candidates. But in the Lok Sabha elections, the person who gets the most votes will win, even if most people select NOTA. So if I want to select NOTA, I might as well stay at home.

The Congress is probably on it’s way out after 10 years in power.  They’ve had it coming for the past few years, what with the inflation and the frequent corruption charges against it’s ministers. Besides, their ‘young ‘ leader RaGa ( I suppose he was young 10 years ago) does not inspire much confidence if you’ve seen his famous TV interview. It was hilarious, the way RaGa tried to avoid answering the questions by saying random stuff. Why can’t politicians give direct, simple answers?!

I know the BJP is highly likely to win. They’ve been in the opposition for a long time now, so it’s about time they got a chance to misgovern this country.  I myself cannot vote for a party run by an organization like the RSS, which gives so much undue importance to religion. I also have an inherent mistrust of blusterers like their PM candidate, NaMo. I don’t think there’s much difference between the Congress and the BJP when it comes to policy matters and the way they handle corruption.

We had two evils to choose from. Now we have three. This time, we have a new entrant, the AAP, which wants to cleanse the political system using a broom. (Hell, even witches use vacuum cleaners these days!) I honestly wanted to support them, but I can’t stand their silly attention seeking tactics (like accusing other politicians of corruption with no proof or holding strikes when they themselves were in power. ) I was glad I’d never voted for them when their Law Minister led a mob to raid a couple of African women. The real clincher was when they spoke in favour of the notorious ‘khap panchayats’ just to win a few seats in Haryana. You may say that they’re not exactly evil but I think stupidity is one of the greatest evils of  mankind.

That brings me to this quote by Mark Twain-



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