Monday, December 9, 2013

The Cost and Consequences of a Hung Assembly

The elections in four states viz. Madhya Prades, Chhatisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi have given a clear and unambiguous mandate against Congress party notwithstanding the fact that BJP has emerged as the biggest gainer. It will perhaps be premature to conclude that people have been attracted by the programmes and policies of the BJP. One of the factor in this regard is the absence of viable alternative political set up in these states. Delhi offered a choice of debutante AAP which promised clean corruption free establishment and people placed their bets on it. Since no party has been able to seize clear majority and none has the option to seek support of any group, it has created a piquant situation. We are faced with the unpleasant and costly situation Of President Rule and re-elections which is a costly affair. Since the Indian voter has now matured enough as is evident from impressive participations in many elections , it needs to educate and make them aware about the costs and consequences of hung election results. There is a huge drain on the public and people finances which ultimately people pay. The voter should, therefore, weigh the pros and cons of his choice before exercising his right to vote

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