Reflection of People’s voice: HITTING IN THE BUSH
To implement the terminology of People’s Representative in its real sense and spirit, it is not possible under present system of voting and set up of Election Commission to nominate, select and then elect people’s representative.
We are supposed to have voters’ council under constitution. This voters’ council is supposed to be a workable council. Workable means, a voters’ council should be a booth-wise council so that the people can attend meeting conveniently, communicate their views and the proceeding can be put to records including their opinion and verdict. The circulars, agenda, minutes etc… of the meetings of a voters’ council should be authentic. Everything has to be conducted under a designated government officer. If this is not done then it could be termed to be improper, irregular and unlawful.
INDEPENDENT OFFICE UNDER A DESIGNATED DEPARTMENT
Not only this, the voters’ council should have an independent office associated with a hall so that voters of a geographical area can be addressed and their opinion can be recorded. As and when needed voting can be executed.
MEDIA AND KEJRIWAL SHOULD SHOW SENSIBILITY
Now here, Mr. Kejriwal and the electronic media are of the affirmative opinion on the members elected under the banner of AaP, are people’s representatives. In support to this belief they say that Kejriwal had gone in different areas and he has discussed with the people on the selection of the candidates for nominating for election as representative of people in Assembly. Based on the merit (which they had formulated), the contesters were selected as the candidates to file nomination.
Who is Kejriwal?
But who is Kejriwal to take decision on procedure, selection criteria, selection for consultation and then final selection of a candidate to term him/her as people’s approved nominated candidate to contest the Assembly election?
Since the method adopted by Kejriwal is not supported by constitution, it is unconstitutional. Elected candidate under the banner of his party cannot be legally or morally termed as peoples’ representative as argued by Mr. Kejriwal .
Now any way, in case of a person declared elected under the constitutional provision has to be accepted as people’s representative.
REFLECTION OF PEOPLE’S OPINION
As for reflection of people’s opinion in its true spirit and sense, an elected member is supposed to meet people of his constituency to seek opinion on every matter. He is not answerable to his party. He is answerable to the people who have elected him.
Now in the present situation of forming a government, the party AaP or BJP whatsoever, is not supposed to impose their opinion on the elected members.
WHAT IS THE TRUE SPIRIT OF PEOPLE REPRESENTATIVE?
It is that the legislature to be put before the legislative assembly in the case if he/she get elected. The draft of the legislature has to be circulated among the people and discussed, then it has to be finalized and then it has to be got approved by the people. This procedure has to be made mandatory for every candidate. If he/she does not follow this procedure then there is no existence of transparency and reflection of peoples’ opinion in genuine, true and lawful spirit.
A people’s representative is supposed to be people’s representative in its sense and spirit. In that case a member should go to the voters who have elected him/her, to seek their opinion on “Yes” or “No” or for modification in the draft as the case may be.
He/she should go to the party to convey the opinion given by his/her voters. In every case/event he/she is supposed ask for the opinion as to what he/she should do?
PEOPLE DO NOT RECOGNIZE ANY PARTY
The people’s representative is supposed to support a legislature/verdict related to an issue on merits. He/she is not supposed to act as per party’s decision. This is because, the people don’t recognize party.
People recognize only a candidate.
However there is no such system to collect such opinion from public on every point. Further if the party is of the opinion that it will not give support or it will not take support. This type of approach is useless. Because a member of a party who is also a representative of people, is people’s representative first. He is supposed act on merits of an issue at his own will or his voters’ will. His/her party neither can dictate nor can direct.
BASELESS ALLEGATION ON OTHERS
People’s representative is answerable to his voters. First of all, there supposed to be a system for an elected member to seek a quantified opinion. In absence of such system, Kejriwal cannot believe with discrimination that all the elected members of other party are corrupted and thereby they are not worthy to extend support. To discard the support without any sustainable, logical and lawful ground and that to without going through any recognized procedure, Kejriwal cannot ask their elected members to follow him arbitrarily.
ALL ARE EQUAL PEOPLE’S REPRESENTATIVE
All the elected members through a single and same system are equal in all respect. One cannot discriminate them on any ground.
Kejriwal should know that as a principle Anna as well as MK Gandhi, did not believe in party politics. Besides this there is no provision for voters to recognize a candidate by its party when they cast their votes. There is a name against which a voter has to press the button. How can Kejriwal take such decision that every voter who has voted for a candidate of other party has voted for that party and not for that candidate?
If Kejriwal is of the opinion that his elected candidates are the only people’s representative and BJP’s elected candidates are not the representative of people, then Kejriwal’s opinion is erroneous and not sustainable. Kejriwal can not apply double standards.
Once the persons are elected they are all equal. They should decide on every matter/issue/case/ event only on merits. This is the correct way to work in public interest.
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Shirish Mohanlal Dave
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