And, for a Saturday, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):
Like the only good thing about this election seems to be the election commissioner, Mr. T.N. Seshan. And I can see he is not going to take any nonsense from politicians.
And, I think, if only to set an example, at least one party is banned from contesting the elections, or disqualified after the results have come in. And, frankly, it does not matter which party is penalised Ė they are all uncouth, anti-democratic, anti-people, not worthy of the nation.
Like, normally, a party falls from grace a few months after it comes into power. The BJP has soiled its reputation while on its way to power.
Like I still believe that the only party which is good for the country is the Congress party, but without the present lot of Congressmen.
And I do not know what Mr. Gandhi must be minding more: being called by his critics a crook or by his friends a duffer. Actually, he is neither; he is just a man who has been pushed into a position and job that he is not fit for.
Like I read somewhere that Mr. Chandra Shekhar is planning to stand for election from Amritsar (of course, after securing his seat by also standing from Balia). I do not believe this, but if it true it is an empty gesture quite unworthy of a practical, down-to-earth and no-nonsense prime minister.
Like one forecast I can make: This election will see the end of the Janata Dal and V.P. Singh. The only regret is that some good men, such as Mr. Madhu Dandavate, will perish with it.
Like I notice that Mr. Murli Deora has taken up the case against the Public Premises Eviction Act. It should get him a sizeable volume of votes in South Bombay.
Like all praise to Victor Banerjee for having decided to abandon the Congress and join the BJP. Here is the artistic Bengali conscience speaking.
Like if we are going to vote another hung parliament, a good idea would be to appoint a national government with Mr. Shankar Dayal Sharma as prime minister. I think he is one of the few men who is governed by his own mind.
And this final point of view:
That credit must be given where it is due. And all credit to Mr. Arun Nehru and Mr. Arif Mohamed Khan for having voluntarily decided not to stand for elections. It is one way of keeping undersirables out of parliament.