Gujarat government on Saturday moved the controversial ‘The Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2009’ in the state assembly which will make voting compulsory in all local body elections of the state.
With this, Gujarat became the first state to introduce such a law in the country.
Speaking on the bill, state urban development minister Nitin Patel termed the move as pioneering and aimed at making democracy more representative and meaningful.
The Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2009 amended the Bombay Provincial Municipal Corp Act 1949, the Gujarat Municipalities Act, 1963 and the Gujarat Panchayat’s Act 1993.
With state assembly passing the bill, it will become mandatory for all registered voters in Gujarat to vote and those absent will be summoned by the local election officer to submit a valid reason for being absent with proof within a month.
The new rule applies to the elections to all seven municipal corporations, 159 municipalities, 26 district panchayats, 223 taluka panchayats and in 13,713 village panchayats of the state.
The new amendment empowers the election officer to declare people who do not cast their vote as defaulter voters and subsequently, the government will decide on the action to be taken against the defaulters.
This is a very good move. The gang mentality of Christians and Muslims ensures they vote as a single block. These people are under the influence of church and ulemas. I know about the messages that bishops and imams circulate a day before the elections, ordering their captive believers to vote for Congress. I have seen trucks and buses full of Muslims leave the ghettos for election booths.
On the other hand, Hindus sit at home, watch TV and munch potato chips. This voluntary dis-enfrachisement harms them immensely as desert religions begin to set the national agenda and men of straw like Mulayam Singh, Paswan, Laloo, Congress courtiers, all crawl before Muslims and Xians for votes, offering them job reservations and pilgrimage subsidies.
This move of Modi government will ensure Hindus get off their haunches, stand in the queue and vote. This is when their majority will begin to tell on the election results. Three cheers!!