procedural issues

Vidya Bhushan Rawat at deekshabhoomi

Stop targeting opposition leaders and focus on procedural issues

It is good that the 22-party delegation that met the Election Commission yesterday pointed out categorically how the procedure should be followed in the counting of votes tomorrow. We support the demand of the parties to count the five randomly selected VVPAT slips first and tally it with the numbers of the machines. If there is any discrepancy found or mismatch, the Commission should order for a complete counting of VVPAT slips in that Assembly segment. This will restore the faith of the people. We know this might delayed the results a bit and make the life of the dalals in the channels a bit difficult but then to protect and strengthen our democracy, it is better to do these things and ignore the massive media mafia gangs’ campaign against the opposition. In any democracy, the voices of the opposition are listened too and their concerns are addressed. I don’t think any of these demands are as such where BJP and its allies should have a problem and they should clarify it but the way our electronic media and a majority of print media are shifting stand and campaigning against the opposition is shameless to say the least. These are the tough times and it is here your quality to fight would be seen and those who play according to the power will be exposed. This is not the time to wish ‘death’ to a political party or that. There are people who are media mafia and get lots of visibility for their ‘secular’ views when they want death wish to Congress, BSP or SP. I have always maintained that we need parties and more and more. India is a continent and it can’t be handed over to one or two parties. The only thing, I would say, to more democratize these parties but then that we all are concerned about. But those who are speaking about these parties and terming them as ‘nikamma’ are actually frauds. Isn’t it time to first speak about the election process and how the BJP has misused every platform? Isn’t it time to ask…