This election, nobody knows how to vote. "It's so confusing," a neighbour said. "I won't vote this time!" "You must vote," I said sternly. "Each voter is precious!" "But some more than others," he replied darkly. "My servant votes thrice while I vote once. But how to decide whom to vote for?" "Vote for the best party." "Right," he said. "But which party is Bansi Lal—Congress or BJP? Which party are Ram Vilas Paswan and Sharad Yadav—BJP or JD? Which party is Buta Singh—BJP, Loktantrik Morcha or Congress?" "I see what you mean," I said. "Perhaps the best thing is to vote for the person and not the party. Find the cleanest candidate. Vote for him."
"What good is it to vote for a person instead of his party?" he asked angrily. "In my constituency, Jagmohan is a candidate. Everybody knows he is honest. That's why he opposed the telecom policy. But what happened? He was shifted. The government pushed through the same policy. He remained part of the cabinet which endorsed it. So what good is personal honesty? It has no effect on policy!" "You've hit the nail on the head," I exclaimed. "Ignore parties which are frequently changed by the leaders. Ignore personalities incapable of risking careers to change a government's performance. Simply vote for the right policy!"