Ramlal’s ‘Red Corridor’ (the Naxal stronghold) is expected to go to poll first. Home ministry has suggested that polling in “difficult” areas like Ramlal’s villages in Chhattisgarh, his father in law’s region of Jharkhand & his distant relatives in Odisha be conducted in the initial phase.
While this will allow Home ministry maximum concentration of central forces; Ramlal I am sure is equally prepared. It is his “for the people, by the people & of the people” that is called government in these regions.
While I don’t care whether Election commission will oblige or not, Ramlal & Political parties sure are interested in what will finally emerge; though for different reasons.
Ramlal’s “Red Corridor” has good concentration of Christians. Political parties understand (fairly well actually!!) the importance of festivities & its defining impact on vote shares, last minute swings etc. April 18th is Good Friday & April 20th is Easter. They are planning to dole out freebies; Ramlals of “Red Corridor” are expecting Cows, goats, grain. Freebies are a fact of life in Indian politics, and items like livestock are only part of it.
Just before Good Friday, i.e. on 13th & 14th Some parts of Red Corridor will be busy celebrating Baisakhi, before which around 8th April tribals will be busy rejoicing birth of Lord RAM (Ramnavmi). By the way don’t forget Bihu which is highly popular among tribal (mid April). Just 4 days before Good Friday coinciding with Baisakhi will be baba’s jayanthi (Ambedkar’s birthday).
Political parties obviously will dole out. That’s already done & dusted. The only obstacle is that while all festivals are falling in April, election’s first phase is expected in first week of April. May good sense prevail and Election commission decides to conduct polling in these areas in second phase. Poor tribal will gain from “Great Indian Election Tamasha”
Ramlal has a bigger issue to tackle. He is sure that polling is going to happen in second phase. He is busy training his carders on how to propagate across the territory that all Ramlals of “Red Corridor” must accept all the freebies. They must also vote in exchange of the freebies. This is merry time & must be used to the fullest. His problem is that Ramlals of “Red corridor” are so loyal & committed to common cause of “liberation” that they are expected to throw away all freebies.
Ramlal’s message to his fellow Ramlals is, “Don’t worry. You know you already have a democratic government. But if some fools wants to conduct some funny elections let them. This is merry time comrades. Political jokers will come; they will spend; they will offer freebies. Accept them all.”