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Casting invalid votes won't change the system

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When NOTA was introduced there was a general opinion that it would give power to the elector to reject the candidates if he does not like any of them.

When NOTA was introduced there was a general opinion that it would give power to the elector to reject the candidates if he does not like any of them.

Mostly educated and middleclass people use this option when they believe that candidates who are contesting from their constituency got tickets with money and muscle power and do not deserve the status of MLAs or MPs.

On the other side, it is ironical that those who 'vote for change' actually find that their vote is neither for change nor for deserving and progressive candidates but from a determination which is based on false 'civic responsibility with a clean conscience'.

Such votes do not change the system. According to a private news channel, 14 per cent of people thought that corruption was the main issue in the 16th Lok Sabha elections.

Though corruption was a big issue, ironically 234 candidates were selected who had corruption charges against them. Even now it is said the 'richest and most criminal' candidates contested in the election.

In this scenario how one can expect that only 'cleansed' political icons would be selected as members of the legislatures.

How one can expect or demand clean politics from selected representatives when they themselves have no faith in this ideological approach?

Saraswathi Rao, Vijayawada

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