Mangalore: Time for senior politicians to gracefully bow out, say young voters

Naveen Menezes
Daijiworld Media Network—Mangalore (NM)

Mangalore, Apr 20: In this Lok Sabha election, many septuagenarians and an octogenarian contested from different constituencies across the state.

Among the 434 candidates who were in the fray for the Lok Sabha elections held on Thursday April 17,  in Karnataka, 81- year-old former Prime Minister H D Dewe Gowda is the senior most and sole octogenarian in the battle. He tested his electoral fortunes from Hassan constituency. If he wins, he will serve as a Member of Parliament until he is 86.

In the list of senior contenders for the Lok Sabha elections, former chief minister N Dharam Singh is in second place. He is 78 and contested from Bidar constituency. JD (U) candidate B Dharmappa (77) was in the fray from Shimoga and H T Hucchappa (77) contested from Hassan as an independent candidate.

B Janardhana Poojary, the Congress candidate from Dakshina Kannada constituency is 76. Besides, there were more than 10 other septuagenarians who tested their fortunes in this Lok Sabha elections.  Among them are union minister  M Veerappa Moily (74), N Y Hanumantappa (74), B S Basavaraj from Tumkur, B S Yeddyurappa (71) from Shimoga, and incumbent union minister Mallikarjun Kharge.

Junior most

Among the 434 candidates, there were about four independent candidates aged 28, contesting from different constituencies. Apart from them, the junior most candidate from a prominent party is Ramya of Congress, who contested from Mandya constituency. She is 31. In the BJP, the junior most candidate is 33-year-old Suresh of Koppal constituency while 31-year-old Mohana Dasari contested in Chitradurga for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

 Rizwan Arshad (34) of Congress, Prashanth Deshpande (37), and Prathap Simha (37), BJP candidate from Mysore are the three youngsters who made their political debut with this Lok Sabha election.


 "Politics is not just experience but physical strength. Politicians like H D Dewe Gowda and state Waqf minister Qumar Ul Islam cannot even speak audibly. If they want to serve the country, let them use their experience to guide the juniors,” said Lakshmikanth, a political science student of Mangalore University.

Besides, some youngsters felt that aged politicians should be barred from contesting elections. James Pinto of Gurpur, Kaikamba, said, "Politicians should take retirement after they cross 70 and make way for the next generation of leaders. Being a Member of Parliament and legislature comes with a lot of responsibility and it is very difficult for aged politicians to work with commitment.”


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  • abdulla, india

    Wed, Apr 23 2014

    first of all let them be grilled on national TV by young voters ,,
    ask them the meaning of politics and what change would they do if elected and what if not?
    let them spell out their agenda?
    their wealth and assets them and their families worth before and after too?
    Politicians should retire by the age of 65 years ..
    they should be only professionals ..degrees..and post graduate degrees from all spectrums and not only Lawyers..
    bets example is Dr. Nandan Nilekani..dr. kalam..jairam ramesh...kejriwal...

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  • Kaka,

    Mon, Apr 21 2014

    Yes, all politicians above 62 Years of age,especially with all White hair and Beard, also accused of SNOOPING girls their daughters age should be banned, if they do not retire gracefully.

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  • Chris, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 21 2014

    Age can be Flexible but Min. Education from a Reputed College or University must. CBI should be involved when evaluating their holding (d/Und). Then only we may get some re leaf from Corruptions.

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  • karthik, mangalore

    Sun, Apr 20 2014

    I dont think that our PM should be young rather they should be experienced . If a PM is old doent matter, they should be fit enough. Older ones take decisions correctly and slowly. always when taking decisions people should think and act slowly.
    Always the PM age should be above 55 no matter if he is 80 but should be fit.
    young people should not be given posts but they should be groomed as we know its impossible to stop corruption young people will be more attracted towards all the living pleasures. not like the old ones they would have enjoyed till then they will stop others from ill doing.

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 20 2014

    Experience does matter in politics. A 3 time chief minister of a state is class ahead and fit for PM's post that a reserve bank employee.

    If the young inexperienced ones gets power, they will run away from their duties in 49 days resulting in one more election.
    I think, still, the country would be safe under the experienced rule of Modi, Advani, Sushma and Jaitly.

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  • james, mangalore

    Mon, Apr 21 2014

    Modi crossed retirement age! Because of his old age, he will forget all the promises made before the elections!

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  • P. Naik, Kundapur, Muscat

    Sun, Apr 20 2014

    Yes. It is high time that certain guidelines are fixed for contesting important elections like MLAs, MPs etc.,

    It is humiliating for the IAS, IITs, LLMs or such highly educated bureaucrats to report to metric passed politicians. There should be some pre-requisite on the educational qualification and age limit before such politicians are allowed to contest.

    We don't need money power or muscle power...India needs good governance to take it forward to the next century involving younger generation which can be done by only educated and sincere people with a motto "Serve the Country with Respect" (like our Jawans).

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  • Ambrose, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 20 2014

    Teachers retire at 60 now at present. If teachers retire at the age of 60, then political work is more strenuous and mentally taxing work than of the teachers.

    Therefore,retiring at the age of 60 is a must, first for those who are in the politics.

    The most productive working age is between 30 and 60. After 60, naturally it is the age of taking care of the grand children and guiding the younger members in the family.

    Yes, older politicians must RETIRE by, at the most, 65 of age and not go beyond it and they must keep on training and guiding the youngsters.

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  • Vicky D, Dubai

    Sun, Apr 20 2014

    The increase in young voters are mostly influenced by the social media like facebook. Its either the ideology of a particular party that influenced the voters or just to post a picture on facebook of fingers with blue ink

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    Sun, Apr 20 2014

    If that logic taken in to account Modi also old man!!!Yes, oldies must make the way for youngsters and train them before taking a responsible job in politics.On the contrary,political career is a lucrative field and therefore nobody want to retire.65 years of age must be a cap for politics.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Sun, Apr 20 2014


    What about Sonia, Sibal, Diggy, Pawar, Bansal, Shinde?

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Sun, Apr 20 2014

    advani, rajnath, mm joshi, sushma, jaitly, v.naidu....

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