The papers have been full of BBMP election news! Yesterdays TOI urged us to vote with a headline 'It is your chance to make a difference'. Surely a lot of hype!
Today's paper said: 'Bangalore fails to make its mark again'. They were complaining about the poor turnout. Especially from the rich and the educated! I believe I did my bit and wrote to TOI!
In any case a mark on my right finger!
I almost gave up when I discovered that my name was not on the voters list. This meant that I would not be allowed to vote and it would be a futile trip to the voting booth. But I chose to go anyhow and see how they would deal with my case. I am glad I persisted as we finally located my name on the list but there was no photograph! I thought 'Oh no! they will not permit me to vote', but luckily I was permitted to vote and I did!
I am told that I could have sold my election ID card for Rs. 500.
Some intriguing stats published in TOI:
Moola spent in 2009 on the city was Rs. 2438.21 crores! Big compared to Rs 310 crores spent in the year 2003 -04. Outlay for the current year Rs 6700 crore! Huge! No wonder people contest and money is being spent in buying votes!
Rather frightening were the estimates for number of Hyper-sensitive (1032) and Sensitive booths (1534) out of the total 6598 booths. I suppose this meant trouble in 39 percent of the booths! A reflection of the true nature of our democracy! Luckily the polling was by and large peaceful as per the reports. I guess the security men did a good job and were able to curb violence and other acts of undemocratic behavior!
My only disappointment was that I did not make it to the papers like some of the ministers and other significant citizens of Bengaluru!