Cast your vote without fear

IN his front-page editorial “People must assert: Time to cleanse the system” (March 1), Mr H.K. Dua has rightly observed that the democratic system has been infiltrated by the self-servers, the criminals and the corrupt and this has helped parasites to grow at the cost of the people. The time has come for the voters to use their franchise to cleanse the system of such people. They can if they want to and so the onus of doing this lies on them.

The ensuing Lok Sabha elections provide them a golden opportunity for asserting themselves through their sacred right to vote. They should cast their vote with care and caution without being influenced by the selfish and dubious elements through any inducement, pressure, threat or intimidation. The voters should make a fair choice in electing only the competent and deserving candidates, those with a clean image who may be fit to form a qualitative government at the Centre and work sincerely for the betterment of the people.





In his editorial, Mr H.K. Dua has dealt with the issue with a view to awakening the voters. Before exercising their franchise, the people should keep in mind that a stich in time saves nine. Any wrong decision will lead to repentance for the next five years. The do’s and don’ts mentioned by Mr Dua are a sort of questionnaire which the voters must consider while going to cast their votes.

The recent elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Chhattisgarh show that the voters have become mature and that they must cleanse the system of the people with criminal and corrupt backgrounds. The local people know the candidates’ past history well. They should take the false promises made by the candidates during the campaigning with a pinch of salt.

R.S. HAMDARD, Hamirpur (HP)


Criminals contest and win elections on the ground that none is a criminal until and unless one is proved guilty by the court. Legally and morally, it may be true for those who are actually innocent and not otherwise. It is in this context that the people should think and select the right candidate without fear or favour.



The views expressed by Mr H.K. Dua are thought provoking. An election is the sharpest weapon in the hands of the public to cleanse the undesired elements from society. But how many of the Indian voters are educated enough to fulfill their responsibility in this regard?

There is a need to spread awareness among the people at the grassroots level, educate them on the parties and the candidates contesting the elections and, above all, rise above caste and religious considerations.

Parliament could prescribe a minimum educational qualification for the voters. But this is not possible right now as we have the universal adult suffrage.



Mr H.K. Dua’s editorial makes an interesting reading. However, whatever he has written is easier said than done. Whatever Mr Dua has suggested should be transformed into electoral laws. Every outgoing MP seeking another term should publish a paper/poster showing inter alia how many sittings he has attended in the dissolved Lok Sabha, the duration of his participation in the debates and what kind of issues he raised in the House.

He should also inform how many times he or his colleagues in the party stormed into the well of the House and obstructed the proceedings, and how many manhours were lost in the process? Every MP has a duty to inform the people on how he/she has spent the Rs-2 crore fund from the MP’s Local Area Development Scheme?

K.S. KHURANA, Amritsar

MPs’ fund: Why generalise?

IN the editorial “MPs’ share” (Feb 24), though you have adroitly pre-empted what an MP could say in self-defence, I would like to say as an MP of the 13th Lok Sabha that you have tarnished the image of our entire lot. I would agree that some MPs do come within the scope of what you have written. However, there are many exceptions and I happen to be one of them who have diligently spent my MPLADS funds honestly. This can be investigated by one of your investigative journalists, from my constituency, Sangrur.

I do not think that when you generalise on the conduct of MPs, you do justice to our parliamentary system. After all, these are the same MPs on whose support a government is formed and by your token of argument it would mean that all governments now and in the past have been shamelessly corrupt and unworthy to serve the people of India.

If that is so, why has this wisdom dawned on you so late and why you haven’t clamoured for a government or a system other than the parliamentary system? Would anyone in India like to follow the example of our neighbour Pakistan? It has tried democracy, oligarchy, military law, the presidential system, whatever excites its passions and only God knows what? If you denounce a system, you must propose an alternative.

SIMRANJIT SINGH MANN, Former MP (Lok Sabha), Quilla S. Harnam Singh,
Fatehgarh Sahib


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