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Elections and IPL

On 3/3/2009 Sri Lankan cricketers were attacked by terrorists in Lahore. Lahore Test was abandoned, tour was cancelled and Sri Lankan cricketers returned home.

India’s Home Ministry said that IPL should be postponed as it clashes with Lok Sabha elections and elections are a priority. BCCI wants IPL to be held from 10/4/2009 to 24/5/2009 with some change in dates. Some mention Avery Brundage who when terrorists killed Israeli athletes in Munich Olympics in 1972 said “The show must go on.” Chidambaram says we are not in Munich in 1972 we are in India in 2009. Many feel cricket is not necessary. Life can go on without cricket. BCCI is worried because of financial losses.

Most countries hold elections on a single day. Elections used to be two phase affairs in India for a long time. In recent years Election Commission has increased the number of phases. There is no justification for such a schedule. Elections should be on a single day or if security demands in two phases. Elections can be postponed. In 1991 elections to 12 Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab which were due to take place on 22/6/1992 were postponed to 25/9/2005 and later cancelled. However IPL can not be the reason for postponing or cancellation of elections.

Targetting cricketers happened for the first time. During IPL cricketers can be targetted. If that happens many countries will refuse to play in India. Sri Lanka had gone to Pakistan because India had cancelled its tour. Some countries had stopped playing in Pakistan. If even one cricketer is targetted during IPL it can have far reaching consequences. Countries can refuse to play in India and hosting of World Cup 2011 can be taken away from India. There are questions about holding World Cup 2011 matches in Pakistan.

IPL can not be compared to Munich Olympics. IPL is yet to begin. Munich Olympics was already in progress. Athletes were representing their countries at Olympics. It was once in four years opportunity. The games were held at one place for Munich Olympics. IPL is held in different cities and teams have to travel. IPL is a private tournament. BCCI does not need government permission to hold IPL. Government is not bound to provide security to IPL. If IPL can provide security to teams it can go ahead with the tournament.

Candidate for Prime Minister

Lok Sabha elections are coming near. There are many candidates for Prime Minister. Manmohan Singh is the Congress candidate. Lal Krishna Advani is the BJP candidate. Bhairon Singh Shekhawat wants to be Prime Minister. Sharad Pawar has the support of Shiv Sena and Samajwadi Party. Ram Vilas Paswan, Mayawati, Laloo Prasad Yadav and others hope to be Prime Minister.

I wish to be the Prime Minister of India. It is unlikely that I will contest Lok Sabha election but it is not necessary to be MP to become PM. One can become MP within six months of becoming PM. Narasimha Rao and Deve Gowda did that.

If I become PM I wish to do the following:

1) Abolition of taxes.

I will set in motion a process that will reduce taxes by 1% per year and within 30 years all taxes will be abolished. Expenses needed for running the country will be met from licenses and rents from government properties. Imagine a time when you don’t have to pay Income Tax, Sales Tax, VAT, Customs Duties, Excise Duties, Octroi etc.

2) Equality

There will be equality and no discrimination on basis of class, caste, tribe, sex etc. Reservations in government jobs and institutions will be abolished.

3) Rule of Law

There will be rule of law. There will be death penalty for murder, attempted murder, abduction, kidnapping, hijacking, acid throwing and such high crimes. Life sentence will mean the person will be in prison till death. For other crimes there will be suitable punishments. Sentences will run consecutively. At present they are mostly concurrent.

4) TV

Free to air channels will be allowed to show adult films between 11.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. Pay channels any time.

5) Midnight masses

Midnight masses will be allowed for Christmas, New Year and Easter.

There are many other things I want to do. They will be revealed in due course.

Polls and Phases

Election Commission has announced polls for UP in seven phases. This is a record.

For al long time elections for a Legislative Assembly were held on a single day.
Polls for Lok Sabha used to be in two phases. In 1989 it was in three phases.

In 2004 Lok Sabha polls were held in four phases.

For Lok Sabha elections there should not be more than two phases and the gap between them should not be more than three days. One day polling is best.

Polling in Punjab, Uttarakhand and Manipur could have been held on a single day. Three phase poll for Manipur was stretching things too far.

Polling in two or more phases causes additional expenses. Police have to be deployed to guard EVMs. The more the phases, the higher the number of days required to guard. That needs to neglect regular duties of police.

Some Chief Election Commissioners had illusions of grandeur and acted unconstitutionally. Legitimate activities like presentation of budget in Legislative Assemblies were not allowed in the name of Code of Conduct. One Chief Election Commissioner compared himself to a Field Marshal.