Democracy is a wonderful thing. You not only get to choose who should form the government but you also get a fair chance of forming one. With election season around the corner, we are seeing quite a few fringe elements floating their own political parties.
We’ve all heard of Indian Lovers Party, a party floated by B. Kumar Sri Sri who wanted to support lovers in their struggle in the society and heal the wounds inflicted by the society to the lovers.
But did you know that other than 7 recognised national parties and 59 recognised state parties, there are 2301 ‘registered unrecognised parties’? These 2,000 plus parties do not have the privilege of fighting elections on a dedicated symbol and have to choose from one of the ‘free symbols’ issued by the Election Commission. Which of these could be a worthy candidate to your precious vote?
There is a Sabse Achchhi Party you could vote. No, really, it is a real political party. While the name sounds as farcical as Aam Aadmi Party, it exists. The most SEO-friendly party’s President is one Mohammad Rizwan Haideri and as per their Facebook page, it is not just a party but a mission. As of now, it is also recommended by one of the 297 fans. “Sabse Achchhi Party Zindabad,” he says. While we couldn’t find more details on Sabse Achchhi Party, we do hope they have bigger plans for India’s vibrant democracy.
Moving on, one party is named ‘Mazdoor Dalit Kisaan Mahila Gareeb Party (Hindustan)‘ which sounds more like the manifesto of Congress than the name of a political party. And as if it were an off-shoot of the previous party, there’s one ‘All India Mahila Empowerment Party‘. And there is one ‘Manuwadi Party‘, which I am sure is started by a communist because the only ones who pop ‘Manusmriti’ in every other conversation are communists.
It has been over 40 years, but Indira Gandhi’s grandson Rahul Gandhi still uses her ‘Gareebi Hatao’ slogan for elections. So why should political parties be far? Whether or not Congress and Aam Aadmi Party come together for an alliance, there already exists one Gareeb Aadmi Party along with what appears to be a party inspired by Congress, AAP and ‘Krantikari journalists’, “Gareeb Kranti Party“. And one ‘Garibi Mukt Bharat Party‘. And perhaps one inspired by Hardik Patel’s induction in Congress, “Garib Berozgar Vikas Party“.
Speaking of ‘berojgar’, there is one ‘Berojgar Aadmi Adhikar Party‘ and also one ‘Bharatiya Aam Aadmi Parivar‘ and ‘Gareeb Aadmi Party‘ which is registered in Delhi. One wonders if it would like to forge an alliance with Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. And the mother of all Aadmi-parties is ‘Bharatiya Aam Aadmi Parivar‘. My favourite, however, is ‘Anjaan Aadmi Party‘ (unknown man’s party).
Many such parties seem inspired by The Family. West Bengal Pragatishil Indira Congress, Indian Indira Congress (R), Rashtriya Indira Party, All India Rajiv Congress Party, All India Rajiv Krantikari Congress, Nehru Janhit Congress. Unfortunately, no Sonia or Priyanka inspired Congress yet.
And as if Sabse Achchhi Party was not enough, there are Great India Party, Hum Sabki Party, Sabse Badi Party and Best Class Party. A philosophical person, disillusioned by the current state of politics in India must have woken up and decided to float a party, ‘Apni Zindagi Apna Dal‘. People with their heart in right place have floated ‘Desh Bachao Jan Morcha‘, ‘Desh Bhakt Party‘ and ‘Desh Hit Party‘.
And who says politicians cannot be filmy? While Aam Aadmi Party may have the most dramatic leaders, we have a ‘Mera Goan Mera Desh Party‘ and ‘Mother India Party‘. Bhagalpur, Bihar, based party ‘National Tiger Party‘ has also decided to contest elections from 10 seats. Disappointed to know that Tiger Shroff’s picture is not their election symbol.
There are a few political parties which seem inspired by cricket. A Karnataka based party is named ‘Challengers Party‘ (perhaps inspired from Royal Challengers Bangalore cricket team in IPL) and a Twenty 20 Party.
As the election season warms up, as a responsible citizen, I urge every one of our readers to go out and participate in this festival of democracy by casting their vote and choosing the leader we deserve. And we deserve nothing but the best.