Election without a choice
Everyone in this country is confused about the elections. You would think that the elections in the worlds largest democracy with the worlds largest problems would attract lively debate or media coverage. Even the 2004 elections were better. Remember TV anchors criss crossing the country on trains and buses and asking them questions. Nothing of that sort now.
A very cynical understanding is sinking in. That this is a counting exercise of the current strength of temporary groups of narrow interests. Nothing more, nothing less. Once the elections are over, the winners are free to split, merge, tie up and deal with the same people they fought against.
The vast majority of voters will just vote for the candidate who will do his best to prevent examination of special benefits to his group. The election stops there.
After the numbers are out, there will be another round of wheeling dealing in which opponents can become friends and friends can fall out. This election is the real one and happens after hours.
Case in point : Kerala , West Bengal, and Tripura
What are the people voting for in these three states ?
The left parties will either support the Congress-led coalition (yet to be named) or will support another coalition (also to be named) that will prevent the BJP-led coalition (to be named) from coming to power.
So, a vote for the left is a vote for instability. In the most stable scenario, the left will support the Congress.
Why not vote for the Congress or Trinamool directly if you are secularly inclined ?