Finally the dates are out. On 24th April, all of us in Mumbai should be taking time off and visiting the polling booths to cast our votes. I have written earlier about our “right to not-vote”, but given the NOTA (none of the above) option, it makes sense, to at the least, visit the polling booths and then tick that option, rather than not to vote at all.
The problem of who to vote for still remains. And try as I might, I am not able to figure this out. I envy those with strong convictions who have no doubts about the people they are supporting…people like a brother-in-law of mine, an AAP activist, who will go out of his way to make sure that the AAP wins…or my college friend who I met recently with her brother-in-law, who has no doubt that the only person to support is Mr. Modi and by extension, the BJP, given the fact that of all the three Prime Ministerial candidates, he appears to be the only one standing for progress and development, which apparently our country strongly needs.
One thing though is sure. No one I know off is even remotely thinking of voting for the Congress. Even if the most appropriate candidate in the local electoral ward turns out to be a Congress party representative, unless the circumstances are really unusual, I cannot think of voting for the Congress at all. That party has had its chance and has screwed things up so badly in the last five years that there is no question of bringing it to power. I don’t understand why the party leaders don’t see the writing on the wall and take a break this time instead of continuing to pump in atrocious amounts of money in billboard, print and television advertisements that are just not going to work.
The AAP to me is the spoiler party, currently looking to win a few seats from across the country, just enough that will allow it entry into the Lok Sabha and eventually a larger role in future elections. I somehow find the AAP and its politics and candidates a little too strident, a little too righteous and a little too fuzzy, to want to support them at this point in time.
That brings us to the supposed front-runner, Mr. Modi and the BJP. I just cannot shake-off my discomfort with the BJP in general and Mr. Modi in particular. I have expressed similar sentiments in the past and have been lucky not to have been a target of the pro-Modi social media mafia, but as the days go by, as the gaffes, bluffs and blunders at various rallies and in various speeches continue to pile-up, I can’t help but wonder about his true agenda. I am not convinced about the development theory in Gujarat and I don’t believe that his pro-Hindu, anti-Muslim views would have changed overnight.
- I will not vote for the Congress.
- I don’t think it makes any sense to vote for the AAP.
- I don’t think anyone should vote for a regional party at all.
- That in a sense leaves us with no choice. Either we then cast a vote for the BJP and endorse Mr. Modi becoming the PM and give him and the party a chance and then hope that all their promises come true…
- Or, cast a NOTA vote.
For me, Mr. Modi versus NOTA is what this election is coming down to and at this point in time I can’t seem to figure out what to do.