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   With elections tomorrow, I have still not made up my mind... (February 26, 1990)

With elections tomorrow, I have still not made up my mind who to vote for. I am think of nobody and no party who deserves a vote.

Not the Congress, you cannot vote for a party which is not in the government at the centre. That is logic. Because wuch a government in the state would always be in conflict with the governmetn at the centre, and there would be no funds coming through, no loans and grants, no share in the national cake.

Besides, I have decided not to vote for the Congress for another ten years. After that, to me at least, it would not matter who wins and who loses.

I would have voted for the Janata Dal, that would have been in keeping with the principle of the same party in government at the centre and in the state. But the Janata Dal has no chance of forming a government in Maharastra, even Mr. V.P. Singh does not think so and has more or less admitted it in public.

I have considered the BJP, but it dies not exist in Maharastra. And whatever little was there has been swallowed by the Shiv Sena. A matter of one communal and reactionary party being swallowed by a slightly larger communal, reactionary and autocratic party.

I am sorry, but the BJP is not in this contest. And once the results are declared and the Shiv Sena is in power. The BJP will have no say in the government. It may threaten to make or break the government at the centre with its support, but it cannot do so in the state.

As for the Shiv Sena, quite apart from its other shortcomings, it is a regional party, and I do not vote for regional parties, not is the Lok Sabha elections and not in the assembly eletions.

If there is not a worthy party, the next thing to do is vote for the candidate. The best man, irrespective of his party. But there is no best man. I cannot see a single candidate who I would like to give my vote to. No Madhu Mehta and no Rajmohan Gandhi and no Professor Sadanand Varde. Nobody with even special interests, like a Maneka Gandhi or a Nana Chudasama. No leading lawyers, doctors, educationists (though I understand Mr. Manohar Joshi is the principal of some very successful tutorial classes). Not even a journalists, though for that I am thankful, considering the journalists we have voted into the Lok Sanha.

All of which leaves me undecided, with less than 24 hours to go for the voting. Finally, I think, I will follow the other, like a lamb, and vote for a government headed by Mr. Chhagan Bhujbal or Mr. Manohar Joshi or Mr. Sudhir Joshi, and controlled by Mr. Bal Tahckeray. And hope that he carries out his eletion promises of 20 lakh houses for the poor and amputating the hands of those who burn the national flag.

 
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