Elections have been announced in five states of India. This election process will be of one month. From February 10th to March 10th! These elections will be held in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. The importance of the election of these five states is being considered like a national election, because the party that wins in these elections can also set its color in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. In other words, these provincial elections can prove to be a raga before the national elections. These five states have a total of 690 seats, which is only 17 percent of the total seats in the Legislative Assemblies, but if the opposition parties get a majority in these seats, then they will become a big challenge for the BJP in the next Lok Sabha elections.
The Election Commission has shown great caution while announcing these elections. It has banned rallies, demonstrations, gatherings, gatherings etc for a week now but I think this ban will extend further, because with the speed with which the pandemic is spreading, this election may also be postponed. The commission has vaccinated all its election staff, but expecting crores of voters to follow the pandemic-restrictions is like blooming flowers in the sky. We have seen crowd behavior in Bengal and Bihar elections in the past and are seeing it in these states for the last one and a half months. Lest the door of the epidemic be opened as soon as next week’s ban opens.
It may be that the restrictions should be extended and political parties should be asked to campaign digitally instead of mobilizing lakhs of people so that people can listen to the speeches of the leaders sitting at home. This thinking is very good but will crores of poor, rural and uneducated people of the country be able to use this digital method? It is true that using this method will reduce the expenses of the candidates. Most of the expenditure is incurred in the meetings, processions and distribution of election laddus to the people. This will definitely reduce corruption but will also reduce the quality of democracy. It may be that after these elections some better system of digital campaigning, digital voting and digital results may be born.
It would have been better if the Election Commission had also taken note of the fact that parties do not pay electoral bribes to voters. In the last one month, almost all the parties have announced huge wholesale concessions for the voters in the form of electricity, water, food grains, cash etc. If this is not a bribe, then what is? Politicians have no shame at all in cutting the pockets of those who are taxpayers. The commission should have taken some action on these kisses or promises made to the common people at the same time.