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With over a billion voters expected to cast ballots, India is getting ready to elect its 18th Lok Sabha. The crucial election will either give the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party a hat-trick of wins that would cement its position in the country’s history or produce an unexpected winner. This significant political exercise, which kicks off on April 19, will take place over the course of 44 days in seven parts and feature elections for four state assemblies. As political parties prepare for a demanding two-month campaign during the height of what is expected to be an extremely hot summer, the BJP seems to have the upper hand due to its large financial reserves and arsenal. On the other side, the opposition will fight to maintain its campaign on a shoestring budget.
All seven stages of the election will be held in three states: West Bengal, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh. Six more days will be added to this general election compared to the previous one in 2019.
Although the Election Commission has stated that it is determined to eliminate hate speech as well as the use of force and money, historical data indicates that these are all commonplace in India’s election system. The opposition has frequently charged the polling organisation with favouritism towards the ruling party and with failing to hold its leaders accountable for hate speech. As the political season intensifies, partisans will inevitably voice their opinions. The onus is on the various political parties to control their top speakers in order to keep the conversation within appropriate parameters.
The world will be watching as the planet’s biggest election process begins in a month. It is beneficial for all parties concerned if elections in India remain free and fair, as they have been for the most part since the country’s independence. Ensuring equal opportunities for all political parties is the only way to do this. Regardless of party membership, strict enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct must be maintained, and individuals engaging in hate speech must be promptly confronted. Some concerns have been raised by Election Commissioner Arun Goel’s sudden departure and the following appointment of two Election Commissioners. The ECI has a duty to dispel any lingering questions. Indian voters have demonstrated repeatedly that they are not to be taken for granted, thus they should be treated with respect.

Abhishek Verma

Editor, Canon Times

 

 

 


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