Hyderabad: TDP official spokesperson Mr. Sudhish Rambhotla has said that the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh owed an explanation to the nation on why he did not cast his vote in the polling held for the Asom Assembly on April 11.
In a statement here on Tuesday, he said the Prime Minister had a vote in the Dispur constituency and his name was listed in the booth number 175, set up in a government school. Stating that vote was the base on which the super structure of democracy stood, he said every one including the Prime Minister was bound to respect it. He said it was sheer irresponsibility on the part of the Prime Minister to disrespect the vote. He said even if he was busy with his official duties, he could have cast his vote through postal ballot.
Reminding that the Prime Minister had not cast his vote even in the 2006 elections, he said this showed that he had scant respect for democracy. He has questioned how a person who had not cast his own vote was appealing to others to vote and said the person who did not cast his vote had no right to rule the country. Reminding that voting was made compulsory in countries like Netherlands, Belgium and Australia, he said it was unfortunate that in India, the Prime Minister himself does not vote. He has recalled that the TDP chief Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu has come all the way to Hyderabad from his constituency where he was busy in his campaign, to cast his vote in the 2009 Assembly elections.
He said the Prime Minister who earned the dubious distinction of being the weakest Indian leader has now shown that he could not even cast his vote. Stating that several lakhs of crores of rupees of public money was misused through corruption, irregularities and scams during the past seven years, Rambhotla has said the Prime Minister only remained a mute spectator to these, as he was too weak to take any action. Has he forgotten to vote as he was busy saving his government from scams like rice export, 2-G Spectrum, Telecom deals and Common wealth games, he questioned and said the Prime Minister should immediately answer the people. (NSS)