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Survey gives boost to nonentities

A PRE-POLL survey to ascertain the moods of the electorates revealed that this time lesser known candidates would give a jolt to major political parties.

india Updated: Oct 22, 2006 11:25 IST

A PRE-POLL survey to ascertain the moods of the electorates revealed that this time lesser known candidates would give a jolt to major political parties.

The observations were made by the members of Economic Information Bureau (EIB), a non-government organisation (NGO). The NGO had conducted a pre-poll survey to ascertain the swings in the electorates’ mood and the fate of the candidates contesting the corporators and the mayor’s seats.

The survey revealed that the electorates were quite unhappy with the political parties over their decision about finalising the names of the candidate and giving them party tickets for contesting the municipal seats.

Out of one thousand electorates interviewed during a sample survey by the members of the bureau, 96 per cent electorates complained that the tickets were given to those who had never shown their interests in the social works or in solving the problems of the people of the areas from where they were given tickets.

The electorates alleged that the political parties did not give preference to those who were grassroots workers and had been serving the people since long without any expectations.

Electorates said that despite the fact that they were the members of some or the other political parties, they would vote to a candidate who had stood with them in bad time ignoring the party candidates for being elected as the corporator.

Electorates were also agitated over the selection of the candidates for the post of mayor and said that encouragement to caste politics at the lowest form of elections has tarnished the image of democracy and it appeared that the leaders wanted to divide the people on various counts to attain their goals. This was a bad and it would have a long-term ‘serious’ repercussions.

For electorates, almost all the candidates fielded for the mayoral post were ‘air dropped’ and had little knowledge about the management of the city facing fund crunch.

Members of the bureau Dr Yatindra Tiwari, Raghu Nath Singh, Prakash Sahai and Dr MP Singh, who analysed the observations of the survey said, “Gradually a feeling of independent decision for electing the candidates had been growing among the young voters and their thinking would prove to be a landmark in the history of the country. If their independent decisions prevailed, the results of the municipal elections were likely to be different.