Very interesting question by a citizen – Why should I vote?
What would be your reaction if asked why an eligible citizen asked you why he or she should vote? Is it really necessary to vote in an election?
It is election time in some states and a hectic schedule for political leaders, contestants and never the less for media persons too. An enthusiastic media reporter of prominent TV channel was moving here and there with his mike around a railway station premises and seeking the views of the people about the possible win of the parties and the development in the region.
The young reporter approached a man who seemed to be in his late fifties and asked whom he was expecting to win. The man retorted, "Why should I cast my vote?"
Reporter asked, "Why not, if you are not interested you can use the NOTA option too."
"Why should I waste my time. Even if I vote or not, even if switch on the NOTA button, what will happen? X will win. If his party comes to power it is okay. Otherwise, he would immediately switch over the ruling party before swearing in as MLA. What action was taken on such defectors for the last four and a half years?", the man replied.
"We are only contributing such elected representatives by taking money for vote," the reporter still continued.
"But the persons at the helm of affairs should make proper legislation to check this and not me or you. Why the speaker or the law hasn't taken a decision to disqualify them for the last four years. Everyone knows the reasons", said the man.
This conversation really did happen and the man has a point in his say. Yes, we have seen such defectors in Lok Sabha and Assemblies of various states. The decision on their disqualification goes to pending status, meanwhile some of them get elevated as Ministers too and next election date gets announced.
Who will understand the feeling of such a real common man?