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2019 Parliamentary Elections Polling Related


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Before Voting day first check whether you have your VALID VOTE by sending SMS to 1950:
SMS <ECI> space <EPIC No> to 1950 (EPIC stands for Electors Photo Identity Card also commonly known as Voter ID card). Example - If your EPIC is 12345678 then sms ECI 12345678 to 1950

or Search Online using the EPIC Number ( Elector Photo Identity Card No ) from this site and you can download / Print the Voting slip


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Arappor Iyakkam has given a Free App by name API that lists the candidate by each constituency , their details like age , income , assets , criminal record etc . Right now it has details of all the 40 Constituency of TN& PONDICHERRY and a very useful tool to know more about your candidates before voting. So check the assets , income , criminal record of your candidate or at least be aware of them before voting .


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The amount of cash being caught in Tamil Nadu makes you wonder: whatever happened to the DeMo crackdown? Or is simply pink the new black? Cash is well and truly back!

BTW day before yesterday people associated with the TN Ruling party came and distributed Rs.250 per vote in my relatives house near Porur .They were 5 voters and so gave 5x250 = Rs.1250 but they declined to take it and assured them that their Vote is for BJP-AIADMK Combine . So it seems ruling party can freely distribute cash while only opposition parties houses and offices are raided .


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Majboot Sarkars Overrated? History Shows India Need Not Dread a Coalition Govt.

Prior to the 1990s, coalition governments in Indian politics were considered to be an aberration and not particularly desirable. The lack of coalitions in India was clearly tied to the one-party preponderance of the Congress. So, when the party sensed defeat in the 1989 Lok Sabha election, it tried to remind voters of how shambolic the 1977 Janata government had been.

The VP Singh-led National Front government formed in 1989 was perhaps the strangest political entity that people had witnessed in Indian politics. Propped up by the Left parties on one side, and the right-wing BJP that provided support with its 86 seats on the other – the government proved to be short lived.

The grand old party then supported the Chandrashekhar Singh government for four months, after which it decided to withdraw support and elections in 1991 brought back a Congress-led coalition government in the country. With that, the era of coalition politics was well and truly upon us.

Coalition governments were the new normal in Indian politics and would continue to be so until 2014, when the Narendra Modi-led government became the first in three decades since 1984, to win a clear majority.

Congress governments in coalition have brought about some of the most momentous and far-reaching changes. It was the Narasimha Rao-led government that introduced the economic reforms, which for better or worse, changed the country tremendously.

One simple indicator of the worth of coalitions is the fact that many thought that the UPA-I government was too hobbled by the presence of the Left, as it was a hindrance to the economic reforms associated with Congress governments since 1991.

The withdrawal of Left support, followed by the more emphatic victory that led to UPA-II in 2009, was supposed to bring in a more decisive and unfettered government. Yet, it is the UPA-I government that is remembered for the succession of rights-based legislation it introduced, while UPA II has come to be associated with crony capitalism.

Similarly, the NDA-I government of Vajpayee, with all of its coalition pulls and pressures ensured two things. First, the core and often contentious BJP issues, which are Article 370, Babri Masjid and Uniform Civil Code, were relegated to the back-burner.

Second, the Vajpayee-led BJP government could well and truly be said to have a fringe and a centre, with the fringe remaining where any fringe should belong.

However, the ruling BJP government of the day has once again brought the core contentious issues to the forefront. It has also ensured that the fringe encompasses the party uniformly, leaving no hint of nuance or differentiation.



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Are majority governments over-rated?

What have supposedly strong and stable majority governments been able to do? Have they taken decisive measures or brought about ‘big-ticket economic reforms’, untroubled by the petty pulls of coalition partners?

Take the 1984 Rajiv Gandhi government with its mammoth majority of above 400 hundred seats. In less than two years, it started playing communally divisive politics around the Babri Masjid and Shah Bano issues.

The Congress thought it was being cleverly even handed by dealing out both majority and minority communal cards. The drift in the Rajiv Gandhi government could be sensed right in the middle of its term when it lost badly in the Haryana assembly elections of 1987. It lost the hugely symbolic Allahabad by-election in 1988 to V.P. Singh, and the rest we are prone to saying, is history.

The question then is this: Could the supposed strength and stability provided by majority governments be overrated? What has the Modi government achieved on the back of its huge mandate? Has it squandered that majority much like the Rajiv Gandhi led government of 1984-89? Can Modi return to power? This has been a bit of a see-saw question.

When Modi’s government came to power with a huge landslide, or ‘tsunami’ if you will, conventional wisdom was that he was here to stay for at least two terms. The UP assembly elections in 2017 seemed to confirm this. After that, it has been more of a will he/won’t he guessing game. The jury is well and truly out on this one.



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Few points -

1. Majority govts are a existential risk for democracy. So India cannot afford such huge majority.

2. India can only be ruled by coalition model. No single party or group can have such unprecented powers. It can and will be misused as we can see it.

3. No single party should even be allowed to stand in more than 100 seats. So by design, we must have coalition govt and all decisions must be by broad consensus !!!


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The political pundits across India are busy in analysing the outcome of the first phase of the massive elections, which sealed the fate of 91 prospective law makers across 20 states and Union Territories. The voting for Assembly polls also took place in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and some seats in Odisha simultaneously. Any prediction of the poll outcome is difficult on the basis of the electorates’ behavior, which appears to be more intriguing this time.

Its reasons could be attributed to the style of campaigning, which have failed to trigger off intensive political campaigning at the grass-root level amidst noisy, if not irrelevant election debates on various media channels. However, it is obvious that the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) dominated National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is not facing the challenge from its political rivals, but the apathy of its party workers mostly from the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS).

Many believe that the cool response of these party workers enabled the Congress Party, which lacks party infrastructure at local levels, form governments in the erstwhile BJP-ruled states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. In Rajasthan, the victory of the Congress Party was already predicted due to the poor image of the erstwhile chief minister Vasundhara Raje, who despite some efforts could not be replaced by the BJP leadership before the state polls.

Black Money
The Election Commission has succeeded in unearthing more than 2600 crores, which included 607 crores in cash, liquor worth 198 crores, drug and narcotics worth 1091 crores, precious metal worth 486 crores, freebies & other items worth 48 crores.

The seizure of 11.5 crore in cash at a cement godown in Vellore district by the IT investigation wing on Monday appears to have confirmed the Election Commission’s worst fears about the influence of money in the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu. Intelligence agencies have estimated that more than 10,000 crores could be pumped in by various political parties into campaigning and for bribing voters in TN and Puducherry before the second phase of polling on April 18.

The country may witness more drama and mudslinging in the ongoing polls of the Lok Sabha Elections, which are being conducted in seven phases from April 11 to May 19 this year.



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HAVING A VOTER ID IS NOT ENOUGH TO CAST YOUR VOTE - The parliament elections to India is going on and got completed in TN on 18 April 2019 . While many voted but lot of people also complained that inspite of having a VOTER ID Card and in spite of having cast the vote last time this time their name is on the list . I know it is very painful to see your name on the Voter list but this name verification should not be done on the Voting day and feeling frustrated many end up shouting and arguing with the Poll Officer on duty . We must understand the simple fact that having a VOTER ID alone is not enough and that your name must be on the voting list and most importantly there is always revision of the voting list done before every elections when new names are added , some names deleted ( due to death , transfer to another place etc etc ) and the ECI ( ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA ) always puts out these details much before the actual election date for people to verify , check their details and suggest corrections if any before the FINAL VOTER LIST is prepared . Once the final Voter list is prepared there is no way to make any changes . SO WE MUST NOT TAKE IT FOR GRANTED JUST BECAUSE WE HAVE CAST OUR VOTE THIS ELECTION AND JUST BECAUSE WE DID NOT SHIFT OUR RESIDENCE OUR VOTE WILL BE THERE BY DEFAULT NEXT TIME . Mostly it will be there and supposed to be there when there is revision of electoral rolls WE MUST TAKE PROACTIVE STEPS TO CHECK BEFORE HAND ONLINE FROM THE ECI WEBSITE using over VOTER ID Number and make sure our name is on the list before the list is finalized . SO those who missed Voting due to lack of name in the list this time kindly make efforts to have your name included before the next assembly or local body elections in your state and fighting and arguing with the Poll officer on the voting day or coming before TV Cameras and complaining ( like many CELEBRITY VOTERS do ) is not the way .


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Five years after Narendra Modi swept to power in a landslide election victory, and as he again faces the voters, we should ask: has he delivered on his campaign promises of Acche Din and “minimum government, maximum governance”?

In 2014, most commentators, and I include myself, didn’t interrogate Modi’s promises carefully enough, allowing him to get away with catchy slogans that may not have had any substance in them. Be that as it may, it’s incumbent on us now to move beyond the marketing, at which this government excels, and examine its record.

Start with the shiny new Gross Domestic Product (GDP) statistics, which would have you believe that the fastest growth under this government happened in the year of the disruptive shock of demonetisation. Serious economists and now even the International Monetary Fund for the first time have questioned this data. Even if we buy them, 7% growth should be seen as a baseline scenario and not a success. Meanwhile, all other indicators point to an economy stuck in the mud.

Consider Modi’s promise of making India a global trade and manufacturing hub. The reality is that the trade to GDP ratio peaked in 2012 in the supposedly bad old days of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and has been trending down ever since. It’s now as low as 44%. Likewise, foreign direct investment (FDI) as a share of GDP peaked at 3% in 2008-9 under the UPA and is hovering a little above 2% under Modi. India has actually been de-globalising on Modi’s watch, made worse by the ham-handed return to protectionism and import substitution which was tried for decades and then discarded in 1991.

In the latter days of the UPA, Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made political hay from the fact that the rupee was going down against the US dollar. Modi even joked that the rupee was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The truth is, even at the height of the “taper crisis” in 2013, the exchange rate stood at 63.6. Today it’s roughly at 69. If the rupee was in the ICU in 2013, it’s now officially dead and buried.



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Our Andh Bakths don't want to question the govt on its election promises nor allow others to question.

Biggest threat to democracy is the Andh Bakths, who supposedly are educated with degrees, come on social media forums and start personal fights with those who question the govt.

Andh Bakths, please throw your degrees into the garbage bin where it correctly belongs. LOL. And spare the rest of us your stupidity !!

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