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It’s Up To Us Now – Part 17

June 1st, 2010 · 5 Comments

India has 543 Lok Sabha (Member of Parliament, or MP) constituencies. Out of them, about 150 can be considered as urban (with about 50% or more urbanisation). Each constituency has about 1 million voters. In the general elections, the average victory margin is about 70,000. Only about 50-60% of eligible voters cast their votes. A significant proportion of middle class Indians don’t bother to vote. They have essentially disenfranchised themselves.

To bring about change, one has to work within the boundaries of the political system. We have two national parties. It is well near impossible to create a new national party in the country in anything less than 25-30 years. And our deadline for change is four years from now – 2014, in the next Lok Sabha elections. Because we do not have more time to lose.

Imagine, if we can get 100+ ‘good’ people elected into Parliament in the next elections. These candidates would have to be from one of the two national political parties. Assuming that party can win another 100 seats in rural India, it would have 200+ seats in the Lok Sabha – and we in Middle India would have influence on half of them.

For this to happen, Middle India needs to vote. It not only has to vote but it has to vote for good candidates. And most important of all, it has to vote as a block and become a “vote bank.”

Continued tomorrow.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ananth // Jun 1, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Hi Rajesh,
    Thanks for the amazing series of posts. I can understand how worried you are at the sorry state of affairs. How do people vote to the right candidate?
    Generally, I was very much dissatisfied with the the people in both the parties for 2009 elections. I am from A.P. In the 2009 elections, there were two new parties formed in the state LokSatta and Prajarajyam (PRP). While PRP had no coherent policies, LokSatta had very good policies. But given this very good alternative also, he was only able to win one MP seat. I was happy that he got atleast one seat.
    Then came municipal elections. Why I am talking about this is it is a urban centre. So I expected LokSatta would have a good standing. Lot of IT industry people, thought people would understand. You know LokSatta promised to pay back to the citizen if their services are not up to the mark.!!! This shows their committment to good citizen services. But you know how many seats have they won in local elections? Zero. I was very disappointed with the result and became resigned that without money power it is not possible to win the elections. I accept that some people I have talked to in my office said that my vote would be waste if it is given to Lokstatta as it would not win anyway. So JP, the founder of LokSatta said that we should come out of the First Past the Post system. I am not sure if that law will be passed by the Indian parliament or when there will be a change. I also completely identify with the change required, but feel powerless. And your posts have energized me again. And do let me know if I can be any help any way.

    Thanks,
    Ananth

  • 2 Sukhdeepak // Jun 1, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Hi Rajnish
    You have posted very good blog. You have highlighted very real issue. I agree with you that people do not choose the right candidate. They cast vote to those candidates who supply drugs to them during election days.

  • 3 gaurav // Jun 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    “It is well near impossible to create a new national party in the country in anything less than 25-30 years”. Now when Baba Ramdev has declared that he will be launching his own political party at the national level & contest 2014 lok sabha elections, you(Mr.Rajesh Jain) still consider this as “near impossible”. Can you please let us know why you still consider this as near impossible ?

  • 4 Nilesh Patel // Jun 1, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Why not Vote for Congress? Has perfect elect-ability for 200+ seat, has most experience MP’s who know how to manage ministries, presence in every state, has one of highly educated person for prime minister,has backup who knows inside out of politics to run this country.

  • 5 talll.com // Jun 2, 2010 at 4:38 am

    I can sense a BJP pitch in the next post. The logic better be solid.

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