KOCHI: Shiju Chandran, a Palakkad native, is in a state of confusion, as he doesn’t have any favourite to vote for in the local body elections. A staunch CPM worker, he hates to vote in favour of his party candidate, as he doesn’t find in him any quality worthy of voting for. “It is not about factional feud, personal grudge or indifference. The candidates deployed by political Fronts in most of the wards lack basic qualification. How can we be sure that they can bring about developmental activities?” says Shiju, a 32-year-old teacher.
There are many like him, who are unsure of exercising their franchise in the local body polls.
“The local body elections are conducted mainly to sort out issues pertaining to the local areas. But most of the parties discuss about issues that happen in China and other countries. I am having second thoughts whether to vote or not,” said Ram Mohan Paliyath, a private employee.
Sarath S, a young BJP worker in the district, said that he will decide about his vote only on Thursday morning. “It is the duty of party workers to support their candidates, but while considering the standards of local body candidates, we can never stick to party rules,” he said.