I was just reading through the morning Economic Times edition (27th March) and found a very interesting article. It was about the BPL population change during 2004-2008. This made me curious to know the status of my constituencies. I mean about the constituencies where I have lived & the one where I am living now.
I was born and brought up in Patna. Now election-wise it is divided into two constituencies. The earlier constituency Patna, till 2004, was in recent time mostly represented by a renowned doctor of Patna, Mr. C.P. Thakur. He was associated earlier with Congress and now with BJP. He has also been the Union Health minister. Now lets discuss about some statistics about this constituency.
I am talking about the newly created constituency of Pataliputra. Its total population is 23 lakhs and out of these 46% are urban. Now see a constituency which is frequently being represented by a renowned doctor, ex-health minister, has a BPL population of 49%. This is the scene of the capital of Bihar. People blame the Laloo-Rabri rule, however Bihar was mostly ruled by Congress before the Laloo-era. Now the state government is by JD(U)-BJP. During the last 4 years, the BPL population decreased from 51% to 49% (the national average being just 26%). Whom to blame for all this?
Some other statistics about this constituency: Sex ratio of this constituency is just 875 women for 1000 men. Out of the total 23 lakhs population, only 13 lakhs are voting population. Just an interesting take on this fact. Suppose 60% voting takes place here. So only 6.5 lakh people votes would be there. Now out of this, the winning candidate gets 50% of the votes (elections here are always neck-to-neck). So the winning candidate gets 3.25 lakh votes. So finally out of the total 23 lakh population the winner has the support of just 3.25 lakh people, a mere 15%. THIS IS DEMOCRACY. :D
Just for the sake of knowledge, Patna is now divided into 2 constituencies viz. Patna Saheb & Pataliputra. From Patna Saheb, on BJP's ticket is Shatrughan Sinha, the Bihari Babu. On RJD's ticket is Ram Kripal Yadav, the present MP from Patna and a powerful RJD man. From Pataliputra is CP Thakur on BJP's ticket & on RJD's ticket is Laloo Yadav himself. Lets see who wins and what change those bring to the capital of Bihar.
On the contrary, the place I am living now is Bangalore South. It is represented by Ananth Kumar, ex Union Aviation minister and a very strong Karnataka's BJP leader. Here the BPL population is just 5% and also the sex ration is much better at 913 women per 1000 men. Here I have only 1 problem. Here after 10pm, either the auto drivers rule or the street dogs rule. Mr. Ananth Kumar please save us from these two menace pleaseeeeeeeeeeee.