By T S Sudhir
At 6:15 pm, when K Chandrasekhar Rao addressed the media to claim the Telangana household survey was a resounding success, the Telangana chief minister claimed over 90 per cent had taken part in the survey. And that by the time, the curtains were down between 7-8 pm, it would be tantalisingly close to 100 per cent. With no agency to dispute the accuracy of the figures, one has no option but to take the sarkaari word as the gospel truth.
If what KCR is saying is indeed true, then this should be adopted as the template to conduct elections in India. After all, KCR has just shown that he is the Chief Election Commissioner India never had. (KCR seen in pic taking part in the survey)
Just imagine, shutting down all of India for one day, a true Bharat Bandh, the kind our Communist friends can only dream of enforcing. All schools, colleges, offices, shops, factories shut for the day. Stop all buses, trains and aircraft. Stop even pizza delivery boys and vegetable vendors. Impose a one-day house arrest for every citizen above 18 years of age and do a door-to-door EVM yatra. The largest ever yatra of its kind in the world.
`India votes’. And this time, India would be at home, doing so, quite literally. And the voting percentage will zoom much beyond the pathetic 60s it records in most constituencies at the moment.
Imagine Twitter timelines and Facebook profiles full to the brim with selfies and group pictures with the EVM officials. Something you cannot do inside the polling booths.
And what’s more, the prospect of getting an extra day off work is huge. Just like in Telangana, where August 20 has been declared a public holiday. Yo !
The Telangana survey exercise has caused much envy and heartburn in other parts of India. No, not about the benefits that most who are surveyed are unlikely to get but about getting a government-sponsored day off. India’s youngest state is indeed showing the way.