Rajasthan assembly elections 2018: In era of simultaneous polls, politics was without drama

JAISALMER: The transfer to hold assembly and Lok Sabha elections simultaneously could have remained inconclusive because it required constitutional amendments and in addition political consensus, however 66 years in the past, when the first elections were held after Independence in 1952, it used to be for both the Centre and states.

Resources were scanty, officials on poll responsibility needed to elevate ration for five-seven days and the one available mode for attaining the polling cubicles used to be using a camel with separate ballot boxes. People who participated within the simultaneous polls held in 1952 and 1957 mentioned that the polling would go on for 10 days, with election officials overlaying of three-four cubicles all through that duration.


Recalling the days, Maharaja Hukum Singh of Jaisalmer mentioned contesting election used to be very tough at that time. “Jaisalmer assembly used to be largest assembly constituency, with its geographical area being equivalent to that of Kerala. There used to be no pucca highway aside from between Jaisalmer and Pokaran and ultimate roads were kuccha and sandy. For campaigning, we had bought five jeeps and canvassing used to head for one month after we would spend nights in villages for meeting and resting.”


Singh may no longer contest 1952 assembly elections as he fell in need of 25-year age standards by way of 14 days. But in 1957, he got an opportunity to contest as an independent, defeating a Congress candidate with 14,553 votes. At that point, he mentioned, the election expenditure he made used to be round Rs 25,000. For voters, exercising the suitable also did not come easy. One pooling booth would have voters from several villages and the gap used to be a big handicap. Singh mentioned the voters used to walk or go on camels and as a candidate, he used to provide fares to the voters for coming and voting. The issues and the ambience were also in stark distinction with the contemporary state of affairs. Religion used to be never a subject matter and politics did not attract celebrities. When Singh contested, two election meetings were held, one at Pokhran and the opposite at Jaisalmer, which were addressed by way of then chief minister Jainarayan Vyas.


Singh contested 1962 elections on a Congress price ticket and after winning he had played necessary position in getting the standing of a district for Jaisalmer. Later, his son Jitendra singh and nephew Chandraveer Singh too became MLAs.


Rajasthan assembly elections 2018: In era of simultaneous polls, politics was without drama Rajasthan assembly elections 2018: In era of simultaneous polls, politics was without drama Reviewed by kailash soni on December 06, 2018 Rating: 5
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