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Election time!!!

April 17, 2011

Election was held successfully in Tamil nadu by April 13th. This time less noise. Less glamor. Less publicity from parties. High security. Huge turnout. Great success.

Usually I have this image in mind about elections. Meetings will be held every other day to canvass the voters. Tube lights will be tuned on during the meeting nights and until 10, leaders of some party speaking to sparse crowd. Speakers blaring the achievements (?!?!?!?!) and promises of the parties in the form of voice or songs were the order the days before D-day. The candidates will be traveling in open jeep in sweltering heat to show their face for one last time to us and get the vote.

The above said things are all happened this time too. But very minimally. Here and there. Election commission once again showed what all powers they have to ensure smooth and money-free elections. The transportation of money was curbed by some effective checking across all the vehicles. For the 20 days prior to the election day, the cab I used to travel back to home is checked at various check points. Not one single time we were left. By April 10th night, the night before the last day for campaigning we were checked at at least 15 check points within 3 or 4 kilometers. And by morning also we were checked. Even though some of my cab drivers were irritated by this, I am quite happy. At least some steps were taken to reduce the distribution of money. I am sure Election commission was well organized and has done the job wonderfully. It takes a lot of courage to do this considering the kind of politicians we have.

Chief electoral officer Praveen Kumar said that,

This time, money distribution has gone underground. We have done our level best to prevent it. I don’t know whether the money distribution could be prevented even if we post one policeman per house.

The real fun part in this elections were the voice of our current CM and DMK leader M.Karunanidhi on election commissions activities. He was so frustrated that he went on to say ‘Election commission’s activities created an unannounced emergency situation in the state‘. DMK always thrived on money in the recent elections and no wonder Karunanidhi couldn’t handle the pressure from EC.

Also I guess the money involved for campaigning is very less during this election. I hardly seen the drawings of any party’s symbol on walls, flags of the parties.

My home is situated at the end of North Chennai and usually a quiet place insulated from the the Election’s frenetic pace.Β  But it went even quieter by its standards and I have seen only the BJP candidate who contested in my constituency as somebody associated with this election. Well that sums up the efforts taken by EC for people to led the normal life.

I voted this time (Hope I don’t miss to vote for any election till I die) but I am very much dissatisfied with myself. With no alternative I voted for the candidate I don’t want to. Maybe few of you can tell me the 49-O option. But I don’t think it serves any purpose. And I have few questions regarding it.

  • Why the voter should declare his identity while casting 49-O?
  • Why it is not taken into account?

If the no. of votes polled in for 49-O is higher than the votes got by any other candidate, the polling should get cancelled in that constituency and some alternative should be found to get somebody to represent that constitution. Hope EC finds a way for this.

Note: I am not going to say that this is my come back post. Beacuse I myself tried of saying that. I can just say I will try to be more frequent from now on, not only in my blog, urs too πŸ™‚

36 Comments leave one →
  1. April 17, 2011 8:01 pm

    Very interesting post, Kanagu. Back after a long time, and I hope you are here to stay!! Though I have been quite irregular myself, with school hols on and not much time for the great www πŸ™‚ The last election I heard people were given TVs and stuff, and this one, the news channels said they were given laptops! Is that true? Can I get one too πŸ˜‰

    • April 17, 2011 11:57 pm

      Me too hoping to stay Pals πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      TV was given last time.. this time mixie and grinder but I don’t think people in Chennai will receive it…

  2. April 17, 2011 8:05 pm

    Good work done by EC. I applaud their efforts in TN.

    Destination Infinity

  3. April 17, 2011 9:54 pm

    I think more propaganda was conducted via TV channels. So noise pollution was a bit less, thank god!

    Our neighbour said that in Thindivanam, the PMK area gave the people Rs.1000 and AIADMK gave Rs.500! In another area the DMK gave Rs.2000 per vote…some were asked to promise on ‘karpooram’! Azhagiri started distributing this much money at Thirumagalam bi-election.

    Here also, we had to vote to one party which we don’t like, because the other party candidate was horrible. Form 49 was not available in our booth of at Thoraipaakkam booth!

    We don’t have proper leaders, Kanagu.

    Nice to see you here and in my blog too!

    • April 18, 2011 12:03 am

      True… this time propaganda was through TV… but last time too it happened… but the noise was high then..

      Its a shock to hear that this much money was distributed this time too 😦

      Same happened with me… the other party’s candidate was an absolute thug… 😦
      Form is not avaliable??? bad 😦

      Proper leaders??? we have no leaders at all…

      Thank you!!!

  4. April 17, 2011 10:15 pm

    I heard of people given money to vote in TN,maybe in few key areas they did.What happened to laptops,grinders?? Did they distribute them to the public??

    Hope to see u more frequently here and in other blogs πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • April 18, 2011 1:22 am

      In Tamilnadu it happens big time akka… 😦 😦

      Laptops and grinders will be given once they win and come to power πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      • April 18, 2011 10:08 pm

        ‘Laptops and grinders will be given once they win and come to power πŸ™‚ :)’ via tax payers’/our money!

  5. aryan's mom permalink
    April 18, 2011 10:49 am

    Will they really give laptops and grinders if they win and come to power?
    Good job by the EC

    • April 18, 2011 8:48 pm

      Yeah.. it will be given from people’s own money.. 😦

      EC done very well πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  6. April 18, 2011 4:20 pm

    I agree with your logic on cancelling the elections but this is India. We are changing but tghe process is slow so hopefully one day that too will happen!

    • April 18, 2011 8:49 pm

      yeah… I hope 49-O button is available in voting machine… and the election gets cancelled… πŸ™‚ Its need with the kind of politicians we have..

  7. April 19, 2011 12:31 am

    Welcome back….even if it is wtih one single post… πŸ™‚

    Good topic…and I agree with you wholeheartedly…. it went this well…wtih a surprising amount of degree that I probably would not associate with an election πŸ˜›

    One thing I love about TN elections is that the stars attend it without a fuss….they stand in the line like normal people and finish off the process. Takes a lot of humility and common sense….

    • April 25, 2011 2:42 am

      Thanks Ash πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ But I don;t think this will end in a single post πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      yup… this is the best one I have seen πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      I think its with all the stars in India, I guess… isn’t it??? Our PM is wonderful… he went on a tour.. la la la πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  8. April 19, 2011 8:12 am

    The credit must go to the election commissioner.

  9. April 20, 2011 3:01 am

    I came to know about this election thing from my mom…usually she was delegated for election booths..but this time..luckily..she wasn’t…
    I don’t really know anything more about this election…although i like to vote..But the hard thing for TN people is just they are left with 2 obvious options!!! for almost 4 decades now! And I don’t like both these parties…
    But it’s nice to see that EC has taken so many precautionary steps to control all these. Hope things change slowly, and get better!!

    • April 25, 2011 2:45 am

      Even after all those control I heard that money was distributed in Southern districts and people voted for opposition as the money given was less than expected πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ funny…

      We have that problem with 2 parties… We can wish somebody will emerge soon… There will be void once Jayalalitha or Karunanithi retires or dies… We can expect some new thing then..

  10. April 25, 2011 9:55 am

    Yeah, me too found a lot of quiet and peace around this election and I seriously hope for some better leader for TN !!!

    And that 49-o thing – the political parties are scared to pass that bill, I presume – heard it on some talk show !!!

    Was happy to see a post here. πŸ™‚

    • May 18, 2011 3:31 am

      Better leader – Me too hoping…

      Surely they will be scared as they won’t get votes at all πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  11. Anbu permalink
    May 4, 2011 10:39 am

    Good to see some post here.. πŸ˜›

    EC was strict alright.. But hopefully it was not for the reason as MK said. If they can do the same in all the elections and all the states, we can welcome it.

    About that 49(O), if it is made it to a button, we will not have the mandatory 1/3 votes to decide winner.. That is why election commision is reluctant to introduce it.

    • May 18, 2011 3:33 am

      They do it in all states… In Bihar, Uttar Pradesh.. everywhere.. so we can’t blame them..

      yeah… there must be possibility with that… EC should think about it…

  12. May 11, 2011 9:37 pm

    am full confused. what is this 49/0 button ? I dont remember anything like that. Just had a form w/ diff party symbols, and u tick on whichever u choose

    • May 18, 2011 3:36 am

      49O is an option given to the voter to say ‘I don’t like to vote to any of the candidate standing in my constituency’. If somebody want to cast their vote in 49O they must get separate form for the same from the booth officer and fill it up. That vote won’t be added to any of the candidate.

      In poll machines and forms they are yet to introduce it fearing many may opt for it…

      • June 2, 2011 10:09 pm

        if the politicians are like these,might as well fo for 490 ! But, why is it called 490 ??

        • June 9, 2011 11:53 pm

          its like section 302 or 420.. like that πŸ™‚ just a number and an alphabet to call it πŸ™‚

  13. June 2, 2011 2:02 am

    hey where are you?? Long time no post!! hope every thing’s fine.

    • June 9, 2011 11:53 pm

      I am fine Reema.. thanks for asking πŸ™‚ like to come back in full flow.. but quite
      some work 😐

  14. June 3, 2011 10:27 pm

    write … write … write …. elections were long over !

    • June 9, 2011 11:54 pm

      yup.. like to come back soon Deepa πŸ™‚ will be back with a bang πŸ˜€

  15. aryan's mom permalink
    June 29, 2011 4:40 pm

    No updates…..

    • July 5, 2011 5:56 am

      Updated and post will be up in minutes πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  16. July 3, 2011 1:34 am

    update pannu pa !

  17. July 4, 2011 7:33 pm

    new template !

    wow !

    this me likes .. me really likes !

    • July 5, 2011 5:59 am

      Written a new post Deepa.. hope you will find it a lil interesting πŸ™‚

      Thanks for comments on template.. πŸ™‚ Me too find this a lil different and good after having the old one for almost 2 years πŸ™‚

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