Monday, November 28, 2005

It's Raining 'parties' in India

It’s Raining parties in India! Literally! I was searching for some poll-related data in Election commission’s website when I stumbled upon this. We have around 60 parties recognized by the commission! 60 parties!! But this data is highly contradicting the Bihar election result given in this page.

Some 80 parties contested the poll there! Only in Bihar!

And look at this. This is just a list of General Lok sabha Election Resluts 2004.

Around 300 parties listed! All over India. But the real figure is way above this. Some in the region of 1000 +.

It seems everyday s new party is born. Look at Kerala’s veteran congress leader K. Karunakaran. He revolted against the state leadership about the inclusion of HIS SON & DAUGHTER in the cabinet and / or some plum posting for them. They contested the last state elections and failed miserably. So he split from Congress and formed a new party called Democratic Indira Congress (DIC). What about Bal Thakeray, once the roaring tiger of Maharashtra, now facing an exodus from his party. Those who chose to leave him were giving the same reason. Inefficient and partial running of the party.

Not forgetting Deve Gouda, Devilal, Scindia Family, Gandhi Family. They all have their sons and daughters following in their footsteps and one time or the other faced the revolt because of this.

In the quest to survive at any cost, and install their offsprings at the helm, these ‘chanakyas’ of Indian politics defy all logic and succumb to the inevitable.

Another instance is if a leader is expelled from a party for any reason, be it corruption, or even conspiracy against state, they immediately float a new party. Lots of examples for that too. These self-anointed demy-gods claims to have a broad voter base support and by hook or crook they get elected.

Any way India is getting richer everyday in terms of number of political parties. The election commission is already struggling to assign symbols to all of them. And these guys are struggling to find alphabets to distinguish themselves from their former party since they all want the same name. Try some of these names

Kerala Congress (M) – Mani Group – Now bringing his son to the top and revolt started already

Kerala Congress (J) - Joseph

Kerala Congress (B) – Balakrishna Pillai His son is already an MLA

Kerala Congress (J) – Jacob Group

Kerala Congress (P) – P.C.Thomas

All are State parties of Kerala!

Let’s hope they stop at 26. Upto Z.

And these!

Dravida Munnetra Kazhakam - DMK

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam - AIDMK

All India Dravida munnetra Kazhakam – AIDMK

Pattali Makkal Katchi – PMK

Lots of namesakes? There is more. How About Telugu Desham Party X 3? TDP. NTRTDP & ATDP? It’s mind boggling.

Can’t you see now that it’s raining ‘parties’ in INDIA?

Mera Bharat Mahan!!!

1 comment:

Shinu Mathew said...

A post script to this;
Very soon there are two new entrants will be added to this fold very likely
Raj Thakerey's PArty and "Sanyasin" Uma Bharti's