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Voter’s Rule in India

Record numbers of voters are coming out to cast their votes in General Election to change in existing political scenario of the country.

by Ram Kumar Mishra, Mumbai(India), 15 April 2014

These days there is voter’s rule in India which is a good sign for its fair democracy. During this election session people across India came out in record numbers to vote in the third and fourth phase of election for 16th Parliamentary general election 2014. The first and second phase election had been held on April 7 and 9; the third and fourth phase election had been held on April 10 and 12, 2014. Five phases of election yet to be held on April 17, 24, 30, and May 7 and 9, 2014. The counting process will begin on May 16 and the same day election result also will be declared.

In fourth phase of election voters had casted their votes for 10 Parliamentary seats, before this in third phase of this election that had held on March 10, 2014, voters had casted vote for 91 Parliamentary seats across India. Here distinct news is that the percentage of voting in this Parliamentary election is high turnouts in most of the constituencies. In the Maoists hit areas of the Chhattisgarh, Odisha and riot signed western Uttar Pradesh to make their voices heard. Till now more than one-fifth of the 543 Parliamentary seats went to polls in phase first, second, third and fourth.

AAP(Aam Aadami Party) Candidate Mr. Mayank Gandhi showing his party's Election Manifesto in a press conference held in Mumbai. photo: Ram Kumar Mishra

AAP(Aam Aadami Party) Candidate Mr. Mayank Gandhi showing his party's Election Manifesto in a press conference held in Mumbai. photo: Ram Kumar Mishra



16th Indian Parliamentary election is distinct from earlier and become notable to all other countries too, because there is first time when record numbers of voters came out to cast their votes and showing interest in Parliamentary election. Besides this, those constituencies that are considered Maoists and riot hit areas braked record of last Parliamentary Election of 2009 in vote per cent. Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and North-East states are Maoist and Naxalites affected areas that are strict challenge to Election Commission of India for accomplishing free and fair election here in.

Maoists do not want election here. They blame that elected government will accompanied with corporate icons will work for merely corporate world. They blame on state government and even central government of India. They say, “These governments never brought any such programs that might consider as better scheme for us.” They do not believe in election and so they discarded elections.

But the vote per cent of the third and fourth round of general election made to surprise. In the third phase of general election in Bihar has recorded 64.7% for 6 seats in this general election, where as in 2009 this per cent remained only 44.46%., Chhattisgarh had been recorded 52% for 1 seat (Bastar) last record of this seat was only 47.33%, Jharkhand recorded 55% for 4 seats the last voting record was 50.98% in general election in 2009. Odisha recorded 67% for 10 seats as last record in 2009 was 47.78% and Maoists affected area made a notable score in voting this year recorded with 72% for only one seat where as last voting per cent for this seat was recorded only 64.91%  in 2009 general election.

In this way, one can assume that the vote per cent of this general election is remarkable and considerable. Many election experts expressed their views for this increasing vote’s per cent. Some experts accept this theory that Election Commission of India’s awareness programs that inspired young generation of the country to use their voting right remained successful. It is true that Election Commission has taken many effective steps to promote youngsters, who were not showing their interest in voting. The second thing is that this time 9.7 billion young voters were registered in voter list. The large numbers of voters are young and they are educated, aware for their national rights. Earlier to this, it is seen that young voters have no attention for election and their electoral rights. But, now the scenario of the youngsters is changed, they are showing their interests in election process, nominated candidates, political parties’ agendas and their election manifestos also.

All politicians and political parties also acknowledged these changes and so, they are giving more and more attention on youths and new generation during making its election manifesto. Now they are promising to give better job opportunities, standard and job oriented education system, more IITs, PMTs, Universities, reformation in examination processes and encouraging for technological education system from the grass root level.

The sun has set of the era where politicians were master mind in foul political practices like politics of partition, politics of hate, politics language, caste-color and religion. Now the issues have been changing in this global era. Today’s youngsters do not like to know what will be if temple of Lord Ram will not take shape in Ayoddhya, they do not even worry about the demolition of disputed Babari dome by 150,000 Kar Sewaks and Shiv Sainiks’ mob (a group of aggressive Hindus who had destroyed Babari Mosque in December, 6, 1992 that had been constructed by Mughal emperor Babar in 1527 A.D., by demolishing the temple of Hindu god lord Ram on the same place. After that a huge communal riots raised all over the country between major community Hindus and minor community Muslims in that 2000 innocent men, women and children were brutally assaulted and burnt alive into their houses from both sides.)

Congress Party's Candidate Mr. Sanjay Nirupam are meeting with people of his constituency in an election campaign. photo: Ram Kumar Mishra     Bhartiya Janta Party's Candidate Poonam Mahajan in an election rally with her followers. photo: Ram Kumar Mishra
Congress Party's Candidate Mr. Sanjay Nirupam are meeting with people of his constituency in an election campaign.(left)/Bhartiya Janta Party's Candidate Poonam Mahajan in an election rally with her followers.(right) photos: Ram Kumar Mishra

In this changing phenomenon citizens of India are seeking fresh air of brotherhood, humanity and governance having modern ideology. They do not want corrupt government that had been destroying county’s economical structure for last few decades. It made countrymen more disappointed when corruption cases came into light one by one in last five years of the Congress led United Progressive Alliance government. A number of its cabinet ministers’ direct or indirect involvements were detected in corruption cases of Thousands Billions I.N.R.

This corruption exposed the real faces of many national leaders and in against these ministers and government agitated people of India have decided to vote for change. So they came out to use their voting right and wish to save the national treasure from the hand of corrupt politicians. There are direct fight between ruling party Indian National Congress Party and apposition Bhartiya Janata Party. Though the Bhartiya Janata Party has launched its strong Prime Ministerial candidate Mr. Narandra Modi who is leading BJP in election and the other side having 6 decade’s political experience and strong political background Indian National Congress Party is in direct fight with BJP. Comprising with few regional and State level political parties called Third Front in against both of the above political enemies. The interesting matter in Third Front is that all parties of the Third Front had remained in alliance with Indian National Congress or Bhartiya Janata Party when they were in government. Third Front have no its strict political agenda. They want only ministry in ruling government and which party ready to give ministry, they give its support in Parliament.

It is interesting, having these instability Third Front also a strong challenge in this political war and they are success in acquiring huge number of votes to win its candidates in election, because most of the candidates have strong hold in local voters. But this election will be some different, and no doubt if results come beyond all prior prejudices.                      

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