Mangalore: Congress internal election turns out to be 'undemocratic'

Mangalore: Congress internal election turns out to be 'undemocratic'

Deekshith D V
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Feb 28: The Congress 'internal election' to choose a Lok Sabha candidate from Mangalore seems to be running into rough weather, with many party workers expressing discontent over the process as it has kept sincere party workers and many office-bearers from having a say.

It may not be an exaggeration to say that the process which was supposed to be democratic in principal has instead turned out to be selective and even lopsided, with many genuine party loyalists at the grassroots level finding that they do not 'qualify' to be voters in the election process.

Speaking to daijiworld, former gram panchayt member from Sulliataluk complained, "The internal election in the Congress party has created confusion among the party workers who have served for several years. This has triggered groupism within the party. The 19-point selection criteria has deprived several party workers and block Congress members from taking part in internal election.

"Right to vote in the internal election should be given to everyone equally," he added.

Several taluk level and block level party leaders and workers have expressed their disappointment over the process of internal election which has failed to adhere to the principals of democracy, it is learnt.

According to the sources, so far 617 voters have been found eligible for voting. Voting rights of 447 Congress members have been withheld as they do not meet the prescribed norms of criteria. The scrutiny of voters ends on Friday February 28. Though earlier it was said that district level cooperative societies would be provided an opportunity to vote, they have been dropped from the voters' list. 

Interestingly, the MLA candidates from Congress who were defeated in the past elections, Congress Kissan Cell, INTUC, and party workers at the Congress district, block, taluk, booth and ward levels and grassroots level have been deprived of voting rights.
Although, as per AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi's idea, the Congress high command attempted to reach the grassroots in selecting its candidate, the result has been quite the opposite. The common party worker has been completely kept out of the process, and only the so-called creamy layer is eligible to vote. There are several workers who have loyally served the party for many years, but they find no voice even in their party's own election process.


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  • Frank D Silva, Mangalore, UAE

    Fri, Feb 28 2014

    Too early to say anything my friend. Remember what had happened in 2004 and 2009. The AAP factor also is silently changing the mood of the people. Media has given an edge for NDA as they had given in the previous elections. However, we have to wait and see. Long live our Indian Democracy!

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  • jeetendra hegde, mumbai

    Fri, Feb 28 2014

    No need of congress candidiates anywhere in india...let the people enjoy the change of government under good leadersship with majority...bored of maintaining this coaliation dharma...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 28 2014

    Keep on dreaming...

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  • Gladson, Brahmavar

    Fri, Feb 28 2014

    One agrees or not, this is a unique experiment and if it is implemented properly overcoming its lacunae, it has the ability to usher in a revolution in age-old Indian political system. Initially it is bound to have shortcomings, face opposition since no one and nowhere has it been tried. But don’t scrap it. Try to bring necessary changes, evaluate it after the first experiment and I can bet, this is here to stay. We are accustomed to political system which has become obsolete. Yet we hold on to it and we are not able to think beyond it. Anyone doing something which is not in its purview is criticised and termed incompetent. Taking the views of the grass root level workers and ing their candidate deepens political roots. The ticket aspirant will know that unless they have rapport with the grass root level workers, they won’t be able to get ticket to contest. Even the party workers will know that an outsider cannot be forced on them and taking them into confidence becomes necessary. What is done for 15 constituencies can be extended to more and more constituencies in the coming years and perhaps could be tried for an entire state. People, who are criticising it today, including the opposition, will embrace it tomorrow. A candidate who does not enjoy the support of its cadres is always a bane to the party and even to its voters. It is not fool-proof method for sure. But if done properly and implemented vigorously it could become near-perfect method. Voters may finally have a candidate whom they want rather than voting for an individual without option. Have patience with the system. It will yield results in the long term. May not be in Mangalore, but this could serve as the model and base on which a strong and transparent ion system is implemented in the coming years.

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  • Victor Alvares, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Fri, Feb 28 2014

    If Moily's son gets the ticket, it means that it is done by Ambani.

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  • Sudhir, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 28 2014

    i have strong feeling that after announcement of congi candidate for LS ticket, DK congi party will split....note my point!!

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  • Bhaskar Acharya, Shirva

    Fri, Feb 28 2014

    One pyramid is expected on this news by Secular Joseph!

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangalore

    Fri, Feb 28 2014

    Acharyare,Secular Joseph's pyramids were once very popular now lost charm.It's a fact that he has lost control on words to build new pyramids.After Modi's visit to Mangalore he has exhausted words too much.
    Chai pe churcha...
    Yan daaye mulpodu kharcha?
    Pyramid malpunane hechha...
    Yenk daaye bodu ee mande bechha....

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  • Rahul Poojary, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 28 2014

    No logic in the internal elections. Every single primary Congress member & youth congress members, allowed to vote if its a democratic process. Illogical people, with illogical ideas.

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    Fri, Feb 28 2014

    Great experiment. Grass root level democracy at its best . Of course may have flaws, but will be fine tuned over a period of time. The criteria to include exclude will always have some issues, but that's ok considering the fact it's difficult to please all and have a fool proof method

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Fri, Feb 28 2014

    Congress Govt in Bangalore and Delhi itself are undemocratic. Both have been formed and retained using CBI power.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 28 2014

    Every one wants Congress tickets because the probability of winning is more because of weak Opposition.

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  • Sam, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 28 2014

    AAP will win this time.....

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Fri, Feb 28 2014

    Opposition is weak no doubt...but ruling alliance is on
    'Oxygen'....Looks like
    'Operation success'-Patient Khallas!
    'Case Pusukaa..Anne Ulai'!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 28 2014

    Mamu, You are Genuine and Honest...

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  • sujith polali, mangalore

    Fri, Feb 28 2014

    Every one wants Congresses tickets because they are very much sure they can loot as much as money under Congress rule ,

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  • vinayak prabhu, mangalore

    Fri, Feb 28 2014

    Congress is a party of the uneducated..all dies for power and all ready to fall at any level to get seat..people watching this vote bjp..bharat mata ki jai

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