Everyone is aware that the fever of general election 2009 is on the roles. Glancing back, the Congress had an benefit over other parties as the major leaders during the freedom struggle were linked with it. However, even then there were many unlike opinions and the struggle for one up man ship was there.. With no feasible alternative to the large party (Jan Sangh was banned after Mahatma’s assassination and Communist marginalized) Congress had a clean sweep till nearly end of 70s. A brief and very pitiable performance of a Janta Party instantly after the emergency again polarized the votes to congress. The bitter infighting and the bare display of “Me too” syndrome of Janata Party members have made the voters shy away from them.
The next trial of BJP with left parties outside support was again a pungent failure. This clearly shows the selfish side of our so called national leaders and their chase for self promotion than any national interest. None of the top leaders of any party has shown any proclivity over the last 15 to 20 years but many have been publicly charged of amassing wealth from unlawful means. Election news tells us that many have even been indicted for unlawful activities. Scores of cases are pending in the court of law against the leaders for crimes like murder, extortion etc.
On the whole, about 13 percent of women legislators in states and 14 percent of women MPs in the 14th Lok Sabha elections had criminal records, says the study by PRS Legislative Research based on affidavits filed by candidates with the Election Commission up to 2007. The revision by the independent research initiative suggests that women leaders don’t lag behind when it comes to having criminal records or accretion wealth. A total of 51 women are in the 545-member Lok Sabha while 280 are women among 4,120 legislators across all state assemblies.
The bulk of the people sit outside and criticize the government. But if one wants to change the system, he or she has to be a part of the system. The latest reports on Indian elections suggest that various people may not even go and cast votes. Well, both the government and many private firms have been running campaigns urging the citizens to exercise their license. The security situation in Assam, which has witnessed serial blasts on 6 April, may force both the PM and his wife, of them to refrain from voting.