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Which Party should I Vote for in this 2014 Elections?

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!! πŸ˜›

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 πŸ™‚

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).Β 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! πŸ˜› 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 –Β 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 –Β 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 πŸ˜›

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I wish there was an active green party (like in Germany) – There is one in India, but it’s not contesting! πŸ™‚

17 Comments

  • sm

    Dont think about party name
    just vote for good candidate still confused go and use the power of no one is eligible press that button

    • Rajesh K

      I agree with your opinion, but It’s very difficult to find out about individual candidates. We can get to know some info about each of them online/offline, but we can’t be sure how much truth is there in each version! I feel that going according to the party maybe the second best option.

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  • SG

    NOTA is as good as not voting at all, especially in India. You did not mention DMK so I presume in your constituency they are not contesting. (I would not vote for them in any case.) I would vote this time for DMDK. The only reason is they are in alliance with BJP. I used to support ADMK. But turned off due to her arrogance.

    • Rajesh K

      DMK is in alliance with VCK, and since the latter is contesting from this constituency, DMK is not. But the point is – why would I vote for regional parties for a central election? Both DMK and AIADMK is not in alliance with anyone who may form a Govt. in centre!

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  • Nita Jatar Kulkarni

    I guess I am going to agree with one of the commentators here. Vote for the candidate. True, one can never be sure of the person but we have to make the best judgment based on what is available. What else to do.

    • Rajesh K

      There are two perspectives – Vote for the party that is most likely to form the Govt. at the center and hence have some stability (or) vote for the person who can do the best for the constituency. In rare cases, both can be the same also.

      Even though the second approach is the best, sometimes, we need to go with the first approach because we cannot be sure about all the information floating around, about individual candidates. Stories and images are created (using media, etc.) and hence unless we are sure about the person, I feel it maybe better to vote for the party. We can at least have some stability.

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  • Jeevan

    I agree with you on AAP! DMDK did well in the state election only because of having alliance with AIADMK, their victory where quite depended on AIADMK and removing DMK from government. I have decided whom to vote so no more confusion now πŸ™‚ I wish TN plays a crucial role in forming central government, so that I believe we can resolve many of our problems esp. the fishermen crisis and Cauvery water dispute.

    • Rajesh K

      Yes, and now DMDK have got another good alliance for this election! Good that you have already decided – for me the confusion will carry over until the last minute (I guess)!

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    • Rajesh K

      VCK is in alliance with DMK. But I am not sure how voting for regional parties might enable forming a stable Govt. at the center. Besides, I am not sure how many more people might vote for that party, in our constituency. I will keep an eye on VCK, for future elections. I have heard Tirumavalavan speak at one function and must admit that I was impressed! But to vote for them, I need to know more.

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  • SG

    Couple of people recommended to vote for the candidate. The problem here is India is not a presidential democracy. India is a parliamentary democracy. In other words, even if the candidate is good and honest, he WILL support and vote in the parliament what his party is telling him to vote, even though his personal preference is the opposite.

    • Rajesh K

      I guess many of us don’t know how a Presidential democracy works – why don’t you write a post on this system, in your blog? The multi-party democracy system in India – though appearing to be fair – has a lot of challenges.

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  • Sandhya Kumar

    I have got a feeling that Amma will join Modi soon, at least after the election, if not now. We know very well that Mody will be our next PM. Vijayakanth hasn’t got steady mind. It is very difficult to know the indvidual candidates contesting under the famous banners.

  • B

    DI
    helooooooooooooooo how are you. I have strong reservations about politics in india I dont think there is any politician in india at the moment who is worthy of my vote ..

    BEST of luck in deciding

    and hey remember me .. you can vote for me πŸ™‚ he he he he

    • Rajesh K

      I feel, you can become a politician. You continue to have a huge following, even after one year of blog hiatus! πŸ™‚

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