Here they come

3 May

Well. . . Well. . Hadn’t seen any of my area’s ‘Netas’ till now. These days I see them or their reps everyday. The reason. . . Elections are near.

They come in the afternoon.. disturb my weekend siesta. “Vote for progess” they say. “Our candidate will yensure that you will see laaat of pragress”…the candidate himself (if hes around) is standing around like a blushing bride.

Narrating his experience, my friend told me that one of the candidates’ actually expected to be invited indoors. One of his sidekicks asked him “Yen saar.. sahebraNNa mane valoge invite madolva?” (“What sir arent you going to invite the sahib in”). To which his answer was “Illa” (“No”).

Unfortunately I havent seen the Rs. 2 rice yet. Nor have I been offered the television.

Promises Promises !!!!


9 Responses to “Here they come”

  1. Chitra May 4, 2008 at 1:55 am #

    That is the thing – it is all about what they say and how they say it. Instead of saying ‘progress’, if he had said ‘the roads in my constituency will be pot-hole free’, he can be held accountable!
    One of the guys in the neighborhood is claiming to make his constituency ‘secular’ and ‘harmonious’. Now, what does that mean? Nothing, since there is nothing to hold him accountable for.

    And what I fail to understand is this – the radio stations promoting everybody to vote, because then you will participate and help make your city/state better. I just dont see how that is possible. So, I go and vote. One guy/Any guy will be elected. And then what? He is going to do a better job than the prev guy? I mean, I don’t see the logic of asking us all to vote, because it is our right and because that will make a difference. People voted the last time around too. It is not like they didn’t vote. But did that make the city better? How is voting going to help when the candidates are who they are? Will my voting change the nature of the candidates?

  2. praneshachar May 4, 2008 at 5:04 am #

    yes sir ivaga yellarigu tamma constituency nenapagutte yen madodu avara investmentge return baro prayatna madbekalla. today being sunday they have plenty of meetings and it is irony people who are brought in lorries tempos have to wait for hours in scrotching sun and they will fed also but after the meeting is over it is their destiny.
    everybody thinks by showing strength of people they will win. yella kurchigagi swami yella kurchigagi.
    but it is time all people take a pledge to vote and with all our election experiences our illitereate voteres are also cannot be taken for granted they are capable to enforcing change and it has been shown in no. of elections in our country.
    let us hope there will be no hung assembly who ever comes will take bengaluroo and karnataka towards path of progress within their limitations

  3. Veena May 4, 2008 at 11:00 am #

    Atleast I see this time, quite a few educated folks are contesting.. Thats quite optimistic.

    Hope they make the system better, specially the inflation part.. Its a misery that its going up everyday.. If they can decide to pool in all the crores of rupees they have, they can certainly reduce that .. Isn’t it?

  4. yaake May 4, 2008 at 2:10 pm #

    He should’ve replied, “Yen saar, nimm saahebranna olage kardre, naavella yeththangdi, ashte!!”

    I hate it when ppl come knocking on the doors! they should adopt some other means to campaign!! And, as if shouting out disgusting songs form autos wasn’t bad enough… 😀

  5. upengiri May 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm #

    I have grown tired of this . Everyday at around 3 PM the auto starts doing the rounds . They even beat some drums – like how they do when the mortuary van carries a dead body through the streets !

    So I came up with a plan . When I see or hear these campaigning people I just lock the door and keep schtum till they pass. A few of them rang the bell … and waited … and waited and then went their way . 😀

  6. Bhel Puri & Seekh Kabab May 5, 2008 at 1:55 am #

    Lol, you should have Nikhil take pictures of the election scene and post them (including salaaming neta-garu).

  7. Vijay May 5, 2008 at 2:29 am #

    @Chitra: LOL… the famous secularism card …. you are correct all these “promises” are things you cant measure..
    @Pranesh: As Chitra says above whats the use of voting if its to choose one villian over the other? I hope new parties like the Paritran start ushering in the changes..
    @Veena: It would make a difference.. except that their goal is to horde more money
    @Yaake: lol.. plus the speakers on the autos make less sound that the autos themselves…
    @upengiri: Their timing is really bad….
    @bpsk: The camera…and the camera man, are never around when you need them 🙂

  8. spandana May 5, 2008 at 7:52 am #

    i’ve never voted, i never had a chance to vote. one of these days, when i am physically at a place long enough to vote where i am, i will.

    so having said that, i view voting as a participatory token. not voting isn’t a valid form of dissent in a democratic system. i do believe voting does change things, and those that can make educated decisions must help others that probably would’ve gotten swayed by a Rs.2/kg rice bullshit.

  9. xylene May 7, 2008 at 3:56 pm #

    Oh now I dont need tha alarm anymore. Loud blasting speakers on autorickshaws..jeeps are waking me up as early as 7 in the morning. 😦

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