More Than Meets the Eye on Paper Goof Up? - The New Indian Express

More Than Meets the Eye on Paper Goof Up?

Published: 09th April 2014 07:49 AM

Last Updated: 09th April 2014 07:59 AM

In politics, any blunder with serious consequences is viewed with suspicion. So, it is not surprising that many smell a rat in the rejection of nomination papers of official nominees of major political parties during scrutiny on Monday.

How did the goof-ups happen, leaving the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with no representation in the battle for the Nilgiris seat and the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK)  with its first woman candidate, though it had no such intentions, in the Chidambaram constituency? 

Of course, 367 nomination papers were rejected across Tamil Nadu and even an AAP candidate lost an opportunity to contest because his proposer’s name was not on the electoral list of Thanjavur constituency.

If we were to assume that Independents could get things wrong as they lack the professional support for filling up forms and producing relevant documents, the question remains: is filing an application form a daunting exercise for some one aspiring to go to Parliament?

Many find it incredible that a member of an established political party was not extended the necessary advice and guidance that would enable him file a flawless document that could stand scrutiny.

Can excuses like ‘car breaking down’ be really taken at face value? Was there a conspiracy? Was some other political party behind it?

If the blunder was committed inadvertently, then the question arises as to how many of those who represented us from various constituencies over the past several years can really fill a form or file a flawless nomination paper by themselves? Did all of them do it on their own?

It is time we got some clear, unambiguous answers.

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