Elections to the 16th Lok Sabha are yet to be notified, but political parties are already into a frenetic poll mode for all intents and purposes. And so is Hindustan Times, having formally launched its election coverage My India My Vote - on Republic Day.
Taking our poll package to the next level, we introduce, from today, the MP's Report Card in our regional editions. It will be a 360-degree appraisal of the five-year term of 34 Lok Sabha members from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Chandigarh. The report card will critically scrutinise the MPs' performance, both inside and outside Parliament.
Apart from participation in law-making, an MP is also judged by how well he/she lobbied for issues and interests of his/her state in Parliament and with the union government. Did he/she, for instance, bring any special projects/funds from the central basket to his/her state or constituency? Some of the MPs may not re-contest, but their performance, or lack of it, will surely have a bearing on their party's prospects on the seats they represented in the outgoing House. As we ramp up our poll content in the run-up to D-day, adding variety and value to the coverage, the MP's report card is a fitting curtain-raiser to what is shaping up as the most scintillating power thriller in the summer of 2014.
Senior Resident Editor