Elections – the hallmark of a democracy – a decision making process but the interesting aspect is that the consensus reached here is on a massive scale, often that of crores of individuals. Being the largest democracy, elections in
Campaigning for the elections was expected to be the most controversial part of this election and it dint prove to be a wrong proposition. It is evident that the fight is between the 2 major parties with different ideological orientations. Fighting elections on the basis of ideology is not new but there was something qualitatively different in this case. The political organizations were indulging in abusing or ridiculing the other based on some incidents in the past. Hardly there was any mention about the administrative or such lapses of the present government and what will the opposing force do to rectify it, if granted a chance to be in power and the ruling party too dint touch this aspect. The accusations have gone to a more personal level than being targeted at the larger organization. It was more like a race to capitalize on the unfortunate incidents of the past, trying to give it a political colour which would suit the present situation. Invariably all the political forces have such dark incidents to their credit and one wonders who is trying to prove whom as right or wrong.
Media – the 4th pillar of democracy, as it is popularly known as, but what we are experiencing might make us re-think the logic behind calling it so. The controller of elections has clearly stated that all campaigning must end 48 hours before. The basic idea behind this is that the voter should not be influenced by anything and must cast a vote with a free mind. This logic has been grossly violated with the advent of the so called 24X7 tv news channels, each of which claims itself to be the best. Every party has one such channel on its side or every channel has one party to side with. One particular channel claimed that it has found discrepancies in the voters’ list and somebody had developed a special algorithm which would find the duplicate voters in the master list and this program was telecast the day before the elections and the flaw was blamed at a particular group. Is this not influencing the voter? And not to forget the exit poll drama when there is a second phase of polling remaining.
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All said and done but the elections are over and people have given their verdict. The ruling chief minister managed to prove that he is still good enough and popular amongst the people and at the helm of affair once more. All the drama has been finally put to rest only to return after 5 years with a different form but same nature. The story of Himachal Pradesh elections has just begun and that will be yet another interesting thing to observe.