The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) elections polls are out and, surprisingly enough, the polls were ruled by independent candidates who won 21 wards of 35, while BJP had to settle with 13 and just one for the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).
Some may take civil body elections and its poll results too lightly, but we must know that India’s governance model is purely hierarchical where everything is connected – just like a tree. In fact, the local-level elections are the roots – remember how Modi rose from nowhere? Well, his political career began after he was elected in a ward-level election in Gujarat, and so did many other self-made politicians (just trying to justify what I am writing is not vague *grin*). So taking a look at what happened at Gurgaon root level elections, surprisingly, most seats were won by independent candidates.
With a majority of 21 ward-seats out of 35, the election that was held after a gap of 6 years proved that the lion’s share was for the independents rather than any party. A total of 202 candidates were involved in the fray and 147 were independent candidates, 20 for INLD and the rest from BJP and Congress didn’t announce any candidate but supported 14 independent ones. According to officials, Gurgaon has a total of 5,58,884 voters, of whom 2,92,938 are men and 2,65,946 are women. Only 3,12,550 of them exercised their franchise across the 35 wards. Oh and not to forget, 15 seats out of 35 have been secured by women candidates – 10 independent ones and 5 supported by BJP.
The MCG elections represented rejection of two major parties which participated in the election, and it is only wise to choose an individual rather than a party because then the focus would be on output, over plain politics. So that is pretty much how the root-level politics works, and national as well as international level politics works the same way too – just a zoomed in version; because politics is almost a constant.