I got my Voter ID card recently. At last! Actually I applied for it to get an address proof, but, it seems, it’s got another use also – I can vote!! 😛
So, for the first time I am going to
change the fate of this country elect an MP. But now comes the REAL CONFUSION – which party/person should I vote for, in this 2014 General Election?? To complicate things further, my Tiruvallur constituency (Tamil Nadu) has 8 candidates from known political parties and 6 independent candidates. (Source). Total: 14. Didn’t know that this was such a HOT constituency!
Sitting MP is from AIADMK (News to me!!). But since I was in Bangalore during the last elections, maybe I can use it as an excuse for not knowing 🙂
Let us look at some options that I have during this general elections for center (MPs & PM) –
BSP – ???
AIADMK – ok…
AAP – ok…
INC – Hmm…
CPI – ???
SP – ???
VCK – ???
DMDK – ok…
Independent(s) – ???
So, that narrows down my options to three – AIADMK, AAP, DMDK (Alliance with BJP). I’ll have to admit that it’s going to be difficult for me to choose one among the three. If possible, I can vote for all the three! 😛 Let’s look at each of these parties individually.
AIADMK – If it was the state elections, I could have voted for AIADMK or its allies – but this is the central election. If AIADMK had allied with BJP, I could have voted for them – but they want to contest independently. The sitting MP seems to have participated in debates, asked a no. of questions and his attendance in Parliament is 89% (according to this site). So, there is not much against him.
AAP – I like their anti-corruption ideology. I would like to encourage parties like this, for a better India, tomorrow. But this party is allied with nobody and there is a danger that what happened in Delhi might repeat across India. Besides, I feel that AAP needs to prove its mettle and gain experience in a smaller state with full majority (Delhi?) before aspiring to administer a large country like India. Even though I admire their ideology, I am afraid of their inexperience. If AAP remains committed to anti-corruption, selecting well-known social activists, and openness in setting agendas (through debates, community members participation, etc.) my vote will be for them during the next elections. But shouldn’t I be voting for them, this time too?
DMDK – This DMDK is another new party (formed by actor Vijayakanth) which did quite well in the state elections. They are the second largest party now in the state, surpassing DMK (in terms of no. of seats in the TN assembly). This party seems to have the knack of forming excellent alliances at the right time – now they are allied with BJP! If not for this, they wouldn’t have made it to my shortlist at all. I feel BJP (esp. NaMo) deserves a chance – at least for one term. If BJP had contested directly, I could have voted for them. But now they are only in an alliance and I am not sure if this DMDK will support BJP throughout the five-year term.
So there goes – I am just not able to decide and I think my dilemma will follow me until the last minute (until pressing that button in the EVM). What suspense I will have to bear till then!
What is your suggestion? I may or may not accept it, but it will surely add to my suspense & confusion 😛
I wish there was an active green party (like in Germany) – There is one in India, but it’s not contesting! 🙂