Wednesday, November 04, 2009

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!

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9 Comments:

Blogger Karthikeyan said...

hmm...don't you think if we let the party nominate their own MLAs, all sorta unsavory characters would become MLAs with ever having to fight an election?

November 04, 2009 6:35 AM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

Same thing happens in Rajys Sabha. Party nominates a person, gives whip to the party MLAs and get him/her elected. We can have something very similar here

November 04, 2009 6:40 AM  
Blogger Karthikeyan said...

yeah, but we don't want both the houses of either assemblies or our Parliament to be nominated...soon enuf it would become dominated by an elite (or criminal) clique(one can argue it is already that way). But atleast with the lower house, we can say one could be removed after 5 years. How easy it would be for all the politicians to start nominating their children as MLAs and MPs (instead of just giving them tickets). I don't think we would want to go down that road. In my mind its a step backward.

November 04, 2009 6:56 AM  
Blogger ആരുഷിയുടെ ലോകം said...

This can be an indicator for next poll, for example if UDF improves margin, its a negative vote against government, and the employees will smell the trend and make the machinery more stand still so that next 1.5 year even paying salary will be difficult for government.

LDF may also use this to post their chamchas,relatives in many posts and do soem mass recruitment and postings in Universities which they do every rule change time.

Unemployed guys get liquor biriyani from UDF LDF
Some fools will die on election day clashes
The collection will start to help those fool's families again some chieftains can earn/cheat lot of money.

These all are non-tangiable benefits.

November 04, 2009 8:05 AM  
Anonymous sarath said...

That could result in a dangerous trend. People elect an MLA-he resigns or he could be forced to resign by someone with influence and then forced to nominate someone who may not have won the election in the first place.

November 04, 2009 2:23 PM  
Blogger hariprasad said...

Brij,
yeah..this could bring a negative trend if the nomination is also allowed for Loksabha and Assembly...means misuse will lead right-use....one thing that can be done is once elected MP or MLA should complete his term in whatever circumstance otherwise he should never be allowed for next term either by people or by law or otherwise cancel his benefits....afterall its only for 5 years...take it as a job to serve people by representing them....

yeah....once the elected member pass away we may have to think something like this....but timesup to stop this unnecessary, expensive, time consuming, manhours consuming utter nonsense...because country like our poor India cannot afford to have these kind of experiments to find out the trends for next election....once in 5 years election is enough...our all political parties should show some sportsman spirit for our country and for our future generation ....now they are not serving people but simply carving people...!!!

November 04, 2009 4:04 PM  
Anonymous Maya said...

you are hopeless man. nothing more to say. blunder over and again post after post. how do you do this so steadily without any mistakes? amazes me.

November 04, 2009 7:44 PM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

I was arguing for nomination similar to the one for Rajya Sabha only for the by-election.

Maya,
Thanks for stopping by. I am expressing my views in my blog and my views may be a blunder to someone. that is fine with me. what is great for you may be blunder for me. Also like lot of others I don't post my views or comments with an "Anonymous" tag or by pseudo name. Hope you visit my blog again to read all the blunders I write!

November 05, 2009 1:38 AM  
Blogger opsudrania said...

Hello Dears,

Always it feels good to listen to wise notes but how do we like to
talk sometimes about shoddy basic stuff too.

In stead of talking about bye-elections, highest liquor consumption, lok sabha, rajya sabha
and the rest; can we not sometimes even relish some stupid stuff like,"Are we fit for democracy" or
"Has democracy served this nation over last >60 yrs of pleasant taste", "Why is west so obsessed for democracy", "Whose business is it if something other than this Lotus of democracy serves the large
gullible masses of this huge poor and innocent people better".

I am sorry for interrupting your big and higher level discuussion for a low basic stuff. Forgive me and keep going your way meantime. But gold lies hidden in the soil.

With my highest regards to you all in favour of this demo(n)cracy.

Dr. O. P. Sudrania

November 05, 2009 12:12 PM  

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