With General Elections just a few months away, the political parties in India are raising their momentum in campaigning and strategising. As all the leading parties are trying to put each other down and prove that they are the best for the future of the nation, we as voters, too have a duty towards the nation. These political parties in India are known to us mostly by their names and by the names of the leaders who are at the forefront of the election campaigns. However, most of us, as voters, fail to dig in deeper into the origins, roots and workings of these political parties in India.
Isn’t it our duty too, to find out as much as we can before we decide to give out our previous vote to one particular party? So before the big elections come on to us and we make a wrong decision in haste, here’s some interesting trivia on political parties in India.
No Khadi For Me Please
Indra Kumar Gujral, a former member of the Indian National Congress (INC) and then of Janata Dal, is the only Indian prime minister, till date, who didn’t wear Khadi clothes while winning the trust-vote.
Which Party Helped Indonesia In Its Freedom Struggle
Bijayananda Patnaik, popularly known as Biju Patnaik, and who was a member of the INC (and later of Utkal Congress and Janata Dal), is majorly known for having been in power as the chief minister of Odisha for two terms. However, very few people are aware of his major role in Indonesia’s struggle for freedom against the Dutch. He was also awarded ‘Bhoomi Putra’ and given an honorary citizenship of Indonesia for his brave contributions in the same.
Won The War, Lost The Battle
Even though BJP won the 2014 elections with an absolute majority; for a party winning a majority of seats, it was the lowest vote share since partition. In 1977, the Janata Party performed better, wherein they inflicted a crushing defeat on the Indira Gandhi ruled INC, post-emergency.
The Scope And Reach Of The Parties
After the 2014 elections, if one walked from Kolkata to Chennai (hypothetically), they won’t have passed through any BJP (or even Congress) led constituency. The states of West Bengal, Orissa, Telengana and Tamil Nadu seem to be more trustworthy of political parties that represent provincial interests rather than of ‘national’ parties. The bigger parties like BJP, Congress, AAP and others are considered as marginal players in these (considerably) large states. On the contrary, if one passes from Ladakh in J&K to reach say, Bihar or Gujarat, they may not be able to pass through a single non-BJP constituency. However, this scenario has changed between 2014 to 2017.
Women In Power, But No Equal Pay
Trinamool Congress of West Bengal had the most number of female candidates contesting for the 2014 elections, among their won seats. However, one of the winning candidates, Uma Soren, was also the poorest among the winning candidates in the parliament.
The ‘Other’ Parties
The Congress and BJP together make up 50.3 per cent vote share among the total number of votes (as per the statistics of 2014 elections). This made the remaining parties ‘regional’ parties, rather than ‘national’ parties because none of them won seats in more than two states.
The first ‘national’ party to have publicly declared and published a list of its donors (on its official website), was the Aam Aadmi Party.
Big In Size, Zero In Power
The Bahujan Samaj Party, which is the third largest ‘national’ political party in India, did not win any seats in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. That’s quite shocking for a national level party.
Young And Restless
The former CM of Uttar Pradesh and an elected member of the Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh Yadav, is the youngest ever CM.
Aam, But Uncommon
Despite having secured a vote share of a whopping 32.9 percent in Delhi during the 2014 General Assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party failed to win even a single Lok Sabha seat from Delhi. That’s quite uncommon for any political parties in India.
Hope these will help you make a better decision, while voting in the upcoming elections.