S. Sheshadri talks about the reasons behind voter apathy
I agree with many aspects of Suresh Naig's arguments on cleaning up the electoral system that found mention in this column a few weeks ago. The public is aware that votes are now bought over by political parties. They adopt a host of nefarious methods and also play on the helplessness of the people.
To bring about a solution, I suggest a new method. It is difficult to choose between two unworthy candidates. I feel that in case a government is unable to get a mandate, the administration must be run by an efficient team till a better team is discovered. We must ensure that local body polls are not treated by petty politicians as a career-building activity . However, this may always not lead to positive results.
Despite the lack of elected representatives, the BBMP functioned in a haphazard manner. It drew a great deal of criticism from the public and politicians . Now with elected people in charge, will things be any different? Will the corporators fulfil their obligations towards the people?
Will they visit their wards regularly and talk to the people about the issues that affects their lives? They should ask for suggestions to deal with problems that confront the public. I do not feel much will change, though we may end up paying higher taxes to pay the salaries of these elected representatives.
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