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Wish we had put similar efforts before voting, realizes aam aadmi

16, Jun 2012 By Pagal Patrakar

New Delhi. Political leaders, who are perceived to lead a corrupt, criminal, and debauched way of life in eyes of the aam aadmi, could get the desired respect and status in the society thanks to their present conduct around the Presidential elections, experts believe. Aam aadmi could stop lampooning their leaders and start learning from them, a recent research claims.

“As various leaders meet each other multiple times and reassess their position on Presidential elections, the aam aadmi in the country has realized how important a vote was,” Joginder Jadhav, an expert on social issues told Faking News.

“An aam aadmi is realizing how much analysis and effort needs to be put before supporting anyone in any elections,” Jadhav explained, “He is contrasting this with his own effort that he had put when he voted in the last elections.”

Jadhav claims that he arrived at this conclusion after undertaking a research work where he met various people in the last few days. All the research respondents agreed that their leaders had opened their eyes on the issue of importance of a vote.

Rashtrapati Bhavan
Political leaders are putting so much thought before sending a person to this house, which doesn’t have much power as such. However an aam aadmi doesn’t think much before sending a person to the Parliament and state assemblies.

“I met people who had voted after watching TV ads!” Jadhav claims, “Now these guys are realizing how they wasted a rare opportunity.”

Jadhav points out that the best thing about the ongoing political maneuverings around election of a new President of India is the absence of allegations of money being used to buy votes, as was alleged during Rajya Sabha elections in Jharkhand earlier this year in March.

“When the common voter hears about votes of his leaders being bought by money, he feels that the leaders are as stupid as him. Because he also sells his vote for a few thousands rupees, sometimes just for a bottle of wine during the assembly or general elections,” Jadhav pointed out.

“However he’s really shocked when he sees his leaders being motivated by factors other than economical, religious, regional, or casteist – the greatest influencing factors when an aam aadmi votes,” Joginder Jadhav explained.

In the ongoing drama, Mamata Banerjee, a Bengali, is not too keen to support Pranab Mukherjee, a fellow Bengali, while Mulayam Singh Yadav, who often flaunts his pro-Muslim image, is willing to ignore APJ Abdul Kalam.

PA Sangma, despite being an ST, is finding no popular support, while the original OBC candidate Sam Pitroda’s name has vanished like anything.

“No caste, region, religion, or language factor seems to be working here,” Jadhav explains, “For an aam aadmi, his leaders are not appearing as someone who is blindly and easily influenced by sectarian passions – something he is always consumed with when the election season arrives – and this is what has opened his eyes.”

Jadhav claims that aam aadmi could use this opportunity to realize that he too needs to put similar effort before supporting a candidate and casting his vote.

“Though I fear that aam aadmi may forget this learning soon, as they forget everything else,” Jadhav ended on a not-so-positive note.

(originally written for and published in English daily DNA)