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Mandar Shinde

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Voting is important... My say in Hindustan Times

Not voting is denying our say in democracy...

Municipal corporation, legislative assembly and parliament have their own roles and significance in the structure of democracy. Expecting same deliverables from representatives at all these levels shows our lack of knowledge and understanding of the system. Local administration (municipal corporation) is responsible for availability and maintenance of infrastructural facilities and services in the neighbourhood. Members of legislative assembly (MLAs) and parliament have a broader role to play in forming laws and policies, at state and national levels. Citizens can demand implementation of schemes and projects at appropriate levels of representation. It would not be wise to hold a member of legislative assembly responsible for absence or inadequacy of local infrastructure or disruption in local service. Voting is our fundamental right, which must be exercised by every citizen to select their representative. Even if the voters are not convinced with available options to choose from, they can constitutionally express their disapproval by voting for NOTA (None Of The Above). But boycotting voting as a mark of protest is equivalent to denying our own existence and significance in the entire mechanism of democracy.

- Mandar Shinde
Sunday Hindustan Times, Pune


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