Has the voter had enough?

Posted: May 1, 2009 in Mayawati, Mumbai
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Why does it surprise the media that there was poor voter turnout everywhere in the country, especially in Mumbai.  I am not surprised at all, because I think the middle class voters have just got fed up with the bullshit they’ve been doled out over the years. 

This time it’s just got worse. Just look at the options you have for the post of prime minister, in case the Congress doesn’t form a government – H.D. Deve Gowda, Ram Vilas Paswan, Laloo Yadav, Prakash Karat, L.K. Advani, Mayawati, Mulayam Singh, Jayalalitha, Patnaik. This is the biggest bunch of losers you could have seen in one place. I can well imagine the predicament of the city voter! 
Mumbai’s voters probably decided it was better to show the middle finger without getting it stained, then be held responsible for the mess that would have unfolded over the next five years – that is if any government lasted that long – which considering the present scenario looks quite unlikely.

I think the media was misled into believing that just because people protested the 26/11 attacks they had suddenly become conscientious citizens.  They actually thought that all those Pali Hall and Warden Road types who were busy flashing their diamonds and mouthing inanities (“enough is enough”) on the idiot box would teach a lesson to the politicians, when in fact all they wanted was their two minutes of fame. 
It might be considered fashionable for the John Abrahams of the world to urge people to vote. But once the elections are over and done with, they’ll go back to their air conditioned homes, studios and cars, while the average guy on the street continues his dreary existence, fighting for a place in the local trains and buses or, worse, getting blown up by a bomb in a bus or a chaat stall, while enjoying an evening out with his family. 
The point is, the rich for all the ‘right’ noises they make, really don’t care who comes to power, because it doesn’t matter to them, and the middle class to whom it really matters, are probably just fed up of the options they have before them. Can you blame them? 
  1. Zubin Kabraji says:

    5 weeks ago I predictd low voter turnout – less than 50% and everyone was laughing at me – Jagoo ree India ! Now I can do the sniggering – if you educate the voter – he also has the right to decide whether he/she should vote or not. As far as I am concerned – one crook is as bad as the other – why vote ? Zubin

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