91 seats across 11 states, 3 UTs go to polls today on 10th April, 2014.
Choose wisely, choose cautiously. Pay attention to the candidate but also pay attention to the party she belongs to.
Understand what the candidate’s stand is on national issues because the role of an MP is not limited to her constituency like an MLA. Her most important contribution to the democracy is the representative vote that she has in the Parliament. She will vote on your behalf on issues that will affect your well-being, our nation’s well-being directly. She is your voice in the Parliament. Make sure you agree with her viewpoint on various national issues like defense policies, the economy, job-creation policy, reservation, women’s issues, foreign policy, among other things. The choice you make today will decide the fate of the nation for the next 5 years.
Make no mistake, your MP will have very little contribution to the roads outside your house or the street light on the nearby corner. She, however, will have a huge impact on inflation-control, reservation, job-creation, governance and corruption. She will affect your quality of life but through govt policies.
Now, how does one find out the stance of the candidate on issues? When someone joins a party, they agree to subscribe to the ideology of the party. Therefore, a party’s stand is a good estimate of the candidate’s stand. In some cases, the party can even issue a whip to ensure that all its MPs vote in accordance with party stand.
My personal opinion is that if a party has been avoiding their stance on important issues, it is a sure shot red flag. It makes me uneasy if I don’t know my MP’s stand on issues, because I don’t know how that MP is going to vote in the Parliament on issues that matter. I’d rather choose a candidate who I agree with 99% of the time and disagree with 1% of the time than a candidate who seems to avoid all important issues that matter. Uncertainty is a deal-breaker for me.
So, countrymen, once again, Rise & Shine. Vote & make your most important contribution to India – This is your day. Make your voice heard, Make India proud 🙂
PS: Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your party is already winning, so u don’t need to vote. EVERY VOTE COUNTS. Go out there and speak up through your vote.