Banerjee, whose new book is “Why India Votes” asked “We criticise our political parties, the functioning of democracy and much more but still Indians turn up to vote in huge numbers, but why?, she questioned. According to Sudhir Chaudhary, the Indian voters were powerful but they remained in a fix to decide what party would benefit the entire nation.
“If you buy Narendra Modi, you get Vasundhra Raje free. If you buy Rahul Gandhi, you get Ashok Gehlot free. How can the voters be sure of one particular decision which can be beneficial to the entire country?” he posed. “There is so much of peer pressure to get ink on the finger and it is there even in the villages. So, the voters might not vote for hope or incentives, but only because they had to vote,” Mukhopadhyay said. Panelists said it would be an understatement to dismiss the impact of the social media, which was amply visible in the recent assembly elections, as just limited to urban areas. “Eighty per cent of my ‘Whatsapp’ messages are from villages. Technology is everywhere, villagers have smart phones too and they very well know how to use them for their rights,” said Singh, an MP from Rajasthan. (PTI)