April 28th, 2019

Why can Indian politicians contest from 2 constituencies?

And please don’t quote the Representation of People Act 1951 to me.

I can Google like anyone else 😛

What I mean is, no really, why on earth are politicians allowed to hedge their bets like this?

What is the logic?

How does it work, expenditure-wise? Aren’t there ceilings on how much a candidate can spend? Or is that per constituency, meaning a double-constituency candidate gets double to spend?

Is there no requirement for a candidate to have local links? A home in his/her constituency? (Clearly not…)

And why don’t YOU, the lucky people who CAN vote protest?

Quick aside: I’m not an Indian citizen, so can’t vote.

But curiously enough, I can pay my taxes.

No taxation without representation immediately springs to mind…

Lucky ladies

Anyway, enough about me and my regular ill-temper at election time, at being excluded from the democratic process.

My very own electoral #fomo.

Back to YOU,and why you don’t all object to a system which seems, to me, to be not only a colossal waste of time and energy and money, but also a downright insult to local candidates.

Why should some political bigwig parachute into a safer/more visible/more eye-catching constituency, to which, oftentimes she/he has no logical connection?

If we’re talking about hedging one’s bets, why should some candidates have that privilege?

Isn’t that implying that some candidates are more important than others?

I’m thinking aloud here, you understand, but the names Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi spring to mind…why are they allowed to hedge their electoral bets, and not every candidate in the country?

And, of course, the $64000 question – what happens if said bigwig gets elected from both constituencies?

A by-election, according to the 1951 rule book.

Now if that isn’t one colossal waste of WE the taxpayer’s money, then I don’t know what is.

So come on, friends!

Explain to me what I haven’t understood here..

This is, of course, all part of my ongoing quest to solve puzzles about my adopted country that have bugged me for years, using you the reader as my primary resource 🙂

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