India-Known as the World’s Largest Democracy,Democratic because we have an elected Government-elected by the People of India,but do we really have an elected government?
If I were to say then in my view it would be selected government and the reason for this is that most of us does not even bother to Vote especially the we ‘the educated ones’ whereas the illiterate ones who does not have much knowledge on voting are easily lured by the Politicians using different schemes they come up with before Election.
Few days ago Karnataka Elections were held and Bangalore being the largest city in Karnataka had a turnout of just 52-53% in urban areas whereas the rural areas had a turnout of 75-80% and the scenario is almost same in all the metros and important cities in India where most of the literate people lives.
We should not simply let go our constitutional right to vote.Our vote has a value and we the citizen of India must take necessary step to make it count.Before election we must make some amount of background research like his/her character,his/her qualifications,views,assets,any criminal activity etc. on the candidates standing in election and I think it is not difficult in this technology driven modern era.This is one such website that provides information on each candidate of your constituency/ward and email you the candidate details accordingly.
By this means we can cast our vote rightly and if even after all these we don’t find any suitable candidate then Election Commission of India has also provided provision of casting our vote in no one’s favor and this is known as Null Voting or Rule 49-O.
Rule 49-O refers to elector who decide not to record his vote after going through all rules of casting a vote.The main advantage of this rule is that if suppose a candidate from a ward win by 200 votes and if the number of ‘Rule 49-O‘ votes is more than the candidates 200 votes then the polling in that particular ward is cancelled and re-polling is done and the candidature of the contestants will also be removed and they won’t be able to contest in re-polling.
So,people especially urban people,if we are aware of various rules and rights,slowly and steadily changes will be there which will be visible and we will have an India on the roads of development.
So,Next time when the Election comes do not stay behind,just go and show your power and right to vote for a better India.