By-Elections – What a Waste of Time and Money!
The other day I was talking to my friend in Ernakulam Assembly constituency in Kerala that goes to by-election on 7th of this month. He was telling me that unemployed youth in that constituency are having a great time campaigning for various political parties. He was telling me that the great motivation for the youth to work for various parties during election is the free liquor the parties offer at the end of the day. For a state where per capita consumption of liquor is highest, that is a great incentive to work for a political party.
Now three assembly constituencies Allapuzha, Ernakulam and Kannur are going to see by-election on November 7th. The reason – their representatives just got elected to Lok Sabha and resigned the assembly seat. All the three who resigned are from the Congress party, the major partner in the opposition UDF. Now the people of these three constituencies are forced to elect a representative for the remaining two years of the Assembly term.
Do we really need these needless by-elections that serve no purpose? The ruling LDF has almost two-third majority in the Assembly and no way the result of this election going to affect the numbers. Isn’t it high time the rules be changed that those people who occupy the post of MLA and MP cannot resign the seat half way through their term?
The common defense for the by-election is that if a MLA/MP dies/resigns and if by-election is not conducted, that constituency is unrepresented and the voice of the people of that constituency cannot be heard in those temples of democracies. Why can’t we frame a rule that allows the party whose MLA/MP resigned/died be allowed to nominate a party man to complete the remainder of the term?
Now during the entire process of elections the entire state administration comes to standstill. The government is not supposed to make any policy decisions. Other than the politicians and political parties use by-elections to show their strength and popularity what does this by-elections do for the common man other than to increase several folds his misery especially during the time the election guidelines are in place. Like to know your views on this topic.
Its more like Buy-elections and not By-elections!