General Elections Dates Just Announced…Polls in Five Phases from April 16,2009 to May 13,2009

It’s going to be a Hot and Sweaty but Entertaining Summer in April and May 2009

General Lok Sabha Elections Dates have just been announced

Voting will be in Five Phases and Begin on April 16,2009 and end on May 13,2009 with counting to begin on May 16…17 States will have a Single Phase Poll while Two States,UP and J & K ,will go to the polls in all Five phases

FIVE PHASED POLLING DATES OF GENERAL ELECTIONS 2009

Phase

Date

No of Constituencies

 

First

April 16

124

Second

April 22 (1) & 23 (140)

141

Third

April 16

107

Fourth

May 7

85

Fifth

May 13

86

 

Counting Starts

 

May 16

 

543

So now IPL has two Variants…Indian Premier League T20 Cricket and the Indian Political League General Elections….both will entertain you in April and May…and results for both will go down right to the wire !

So who’s going to win the Polls ?….Will Incumbent UPA,led by Congress rule again ? or will the NDA,led by the BJP regain Power ?…or will a Third Front that’s just been announced,steal their Thunder ?…or will there be a Hung Parliament and new post poll alliances be stitched together to form a government ?…Whoever or Whatever…Coalition Era continues !

Pre-Poll Alliances are seen to be forming more to do with political expediency rather than sharing of similar idealogies… Expect Blatant Money and Muscle Power to the Fore !

In ‘amchi’ Maharashtra,we have Sharad Pawar of the NCP flirting with Bal Thackeray’s Shiv Sena…causing consternation in both camps…. that of the Congress,an ally of NCP…. and that of the BJP,an ally of Shiv Sena…48 Lok Sabha Seats come from Maharashtra and Allies are battling for Seat Sharing Arrangements…NCP wants a better than the 21/27 ratio from Congress…For Prime Minister candidature,If push comes to shove,Shiv Sena clearly will prefer the ‘Maratha Manoos’ Sharad Pawar and will side with the NCP at the time

In West Bengal the Congress is allying with the Trinamool Congress,an arch foe of the Communist parties that had provided outside support to the UPA in forming the Government at the Centre…Communist parties have vowed to battle to create a Non Congress and Non BJP Alliance the Centre

Phew ! Why am I not Shocked !…you too shouldn’t be !

Do Exercise your Franchise…. and Honestly too….we,voters are the deciders here….and we will get the government we deserve in this Democracy of ours !

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