· In February 2008, a special CBI court convicted Pappu Yadav in the Ajit Sarkar murder case to life imprisonment which he is currently serving. Obviously, Indian judiciary system doesn’t think him fit enough to be roaming around in the free society where we live. But Delhi high court has allowed him to take part him trust vote in Parliament tomorrow. Which means that the judiciary system of the same country thinks him to be fit enough to cast a vote deciding the government to be ruling the same free society which he is not fit enough to be a part of?
o Court ruling came in 2008, years after he earned the right to cast the deciding vote. May be we believe in not denying anyone his/her voting rights - be it a proven-by-court criminal.
· Even before the first doubt, why should the candidature of an MP not be cancelled/ suspended as soon as he is convicted by a court for a criminal offence as severe as murder?
o Democracy is run by majority in picture and not by logic. Majority in picture is the parliament which can bring constitutional amendments. With significant part of its members belonging to the strata in discussion, only either a retired politician would talk about such ethnic purification or you and I.
· I vote for a candidate X because he belongs to the party A which is the strongest bet against the party I really hate – party B. Party B wins and is required to prove its majority. X forms his own mini party just before the confidence/ no confidence vote and starts supporting Party B. Reason – economical sugar coated by political ethics. Is it not breach of trust of its voters? In our democratic system, you supposed to vote for parties not for a candidate. Later may well happen but it’s the parties which form a government. Such party switch defies the basic assumption of constitution.
o Voting for your candidate means putting all your trust in his abilities to function inside the parliament. Hence just shut up and let him work the way he wants. After all, its economics which keeps the world ticking.
· As per Article 105(2) of the Constitution, no MP shall be liable to any court proceedings in respect of "anything said or any vote given by him in Parliament." Which means I can take a bribe, cast my vote and go enjoy my Jacuzzi in my jail because one cannot sue me saying INR 50 crore were illegally transferred in my Bank of Balia account? Even if you sue me, I would happily say that I sold my vote for this amount and it’s not a criminal offence. Soon after that I will file a defamation suit against you and earn some more money. Yeah in case I do not cast my vote, it becomes an offence.
o No one is above the law. Just those who make the law are above it. Anyhow, this law makes them answerable to something at least – for casting their vote.
· As per this link, you can contest an election from a jail and become member of Parliament/ Assemblies but cannot cast your own vote. I could never ever understand the logic.
o Every criminal has some leadership qualities because he leads others into a new domain of life – from his group members to the victims to the court to the media to the.... We welcome leaders. A criminal cannot be trusted for making right choices as he himself makes wrong choice of indulging into a crime. We surely cannot trust him to choose the government.
There are a few more I can think of. There would be many more I cannot think of. Anyhow, lets pray for the safety of those inside the building which has will be sold tonight numerous times as it is printed on green papers.