Thursday, April 23, 2009

Constituency - New Delhi

State - Delhi

Election Date : 07-May-2009 Political Party :Indian National Congress

Ajay Maken is the Minister of State Of Urban Development in the Government of India. He is the youngest minister from Congress to be sworn in the Council of Ministers in the Indian Government.


Candidate Name :
Ajay Maken

Educational Qualification : B.A University of Delhi

Previous Field Work : Yet to be updated.

Political Background : He
started his political career after becoming the President of Delhi University Students Union in 1985. He also became a trade-union leader. In 1993 he became for the first time, a member of the Legislative Assembly of Delhi. In 1998, he won again from the same constituency. In 1999, at the age of 35, he became the Parliamentary Secretary to the Chief Minister.

Achievements (HOT STATS) :Being Transport Minister in the Sheila Dikshit cabinet and is known for having brought in CNG. As a power minister, Ajay Maken is credited with privatizing Electricity distribution in Delhi. The youngest Speaker of any State Assembly in the country at the age of 39. In 2004 he became Member of Parliament after defeating the BJP candidate, sitting Cabinet Minister Jagmohan.

Non Achievements (Cold STATS) :Few case on him for Prevention of Damage to property Act under IPC sections 148,149,353,332

Source of Information (SOI) : Wikipedia,,
Contributed by Sudipa Banerjee from Bangalore

Constituency - West Delhi

State - Delhi

Election Date : 07-May-2009 Political Party :Bhartiya Janata Party

Jagdish Mukhi is a former minister of Finance, Planning, Excise & Taxation and Higher Education in Delhi government.

Candidate Name
Dr Jagdish Mukhi

Educational Qualification :
B.Com Raj Rishi College, Alwar, University of Rajasthan and Sri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. He was awarded Ph.D. in the field of Finance from Kurukshetra University.

Previous Field Work :

Political Background :
President of West Delhi BJP and Secretary of Delhi State Bhartiya Janta Party. Held the post of Chief Whip of BJP in the Delhi Metropolitan Council. Prof. Mukhi was elected as Member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly in 1993.

Achievements (HOT STATS) :
He was awarded “The Best MLA & Leader of Opposition”. This award was given to him by the than Hon’ble Speaker of Lok Sabha Shri Shiv Raj Patil.

Non Achievements (Cold STATS) :Yet to be update.

Source of Information (SOI) : Wikipedia,
Contributed by Sudipa Banerjee from Bangalore

Friday, April 17, 2009

Constituency - Jangipur (W.B)

State - West Bengal

Election Date : 07-May-2009 Political Party :Indian National Congress

Pranab Mukherjee, known to be a competent party Full time professional , "a prominent Gandhi family loyalist. He has been a member of the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund, The World Bank, The Asian Development Bank, and the African Development Bank.

Candidate Name : Pranab Mukherjee

Educational Qualification :M.A (History), M.A (Political Science), LL.B, D. Ltt.(Honoris Causa), fromVidyasagar College, Suri, Calcutta University West Bengal.

Previous Field Work :Teacher, Journalist and Author.

Political Background :Minister of External Affairs of India, Former finance Minister of India (1982-84), President of West Bengal state unit of Congress.

Achievements (HOT STATS) :Awarded the Padma Vibhushan, Rated as one of the best five Finance Ministers of the world (1984). Successful signing of the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement, Nuclear Supplier Group. Conferred Best Parliamentarian Award for 1997.He was considered as ranking Minister and presided over the Cabinet meeting of the Union in the absence of the Prime Minister during 1980-1985.

Non Achievements (Cold STATS) :Yet to be update.

Source of Information (SOI) : Wikipedia,
Contributed by Sudipa Banerjee from Bangalore

Constituency - Khammam (A.P)

State - Andhra Pradesh

Election Date : 16-Apr-2009 Political Party :Indian National Congress

Renuka Chowdhury, acclaimed as “firebrand” for her out-spoken candid nature, she is a versatile conversationalist, and has a number of literary, artistic and scientific accomplishments to her credit.

Candidate Name : Renuka Chowdhury

Educational Qualification :MA in Industrial Psychology and was educated at Karnataka University, Bangalore Karnataka.

Previous Field Work :Political & Social Worker.

Political Background :Union Minister of state Women & Child Development, Union Minister of State Ministry of Tourism, Member of Rajya Sabha (1986-98), Union Minister of State, Health and Family Welfare (1997-98).

Achievements (HOT STATS) :Protest on Mangalore Pub attack and full support for Pink chaddi campagin.She has contributed zealously in the field of women and child development and welfare.

Non Achievements (Cold STATS) : controversy over supporting the UPA government's bill on domestic violence. Charged under Sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of IPC (Indian Penal Code).

Source of Information (SOI) : Wikipedia,, Deccan chronicle.
Contributed by Sudipa Banerjee from Bangalore

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bombatt Verdict: A Political Debate

Bombatt Verdict, an unprecedented event in the Indian television history, a constituency wise political debate for Bangalore urban area was organized by news 9 and supported by Smart Vote on 14th April 2009.

Bangalore South

It kicked off with Bangalore South Constituency , represented by heavy weight Ananth Kumar (BJP) , Young congress leader Krishna Byre Gowda (Congress), Entrepreneur Capt Gopninath (Independent), Professor Radha Krishna (JD(S)) , Dr Jaya Lakshmi (SUCI) , Youths Santosh Min and K.C Janardhan both independent.
The reasons for contesting the election varied for different candidates, If one wants to tighten up national security, the other wants to assertive rights to people.

The debate was at its best with all the attacks and counter attacks from the candidate, Ananth Kumar raised the issue of rise in food prices for which Krishna Byre gowda counter attacked by stating the example of Goa govt ruled by congress, where foods prices have been subsides and the ruling party in Karnataka (BJP) not able to subsides the food prices.
Santosh Min (Angry Young Man), has many practical methods to counter corruption like having complaint register across all the govt offices and having many pedestrian crossings.

Dr Jayalakshmi raised the issue of job security stating the example of infosys laying off 2100 employees and public sector companies closing due to unavailability of funds.

I had never seen of heard Capt Gopinath with so much energy and speaking on political issues. He stated the corruption level in providing licenses for bakery and stressed more upon helping more entrepreneurs who can create jobs.

The drama begun when Krishna Byre gowda had to leave in the middle of the debate and audiences protested. But this young congress leader who claims to good listener which he is, was able to convince the audience and proved for his early exit. This was followed by Ananth kumar’s and Radha Krishna’s exit.

The audiences were only left with Capt Gopinath, Dr Jaylakshmi, Janardhan and Santosh min to anwers their queries.

Bangalore North
This was followed by Bangalore North Bangalore South Constituency, represented by heavy weight Jaffer Shariff (Congress), Chandra Gowda (BJP), Surendra Babu ( JD(s)), Zafer Mohiddin (Independent) , Tippu Vardan ( Bharatiya Prajya Paksha) , V Prasanna Kumar (Independent).

This was much more organized show by New 9, improving themselves on the mistakes made in the first session with more time allocated for audience questions.

Independent candidates were more stressing on the issue which the political parties have not been able to solve the common man’s (Am Adami ) issues.

Question: Prime Motto for contesting for Elections???
Surendra Babu : To keep a check on the amendments to be made to the public and work on reservation to reach to the lowest level.

Zafer Mohiuddin : Wants to bring youth to vote and wants to work on mass transportaion.

Jaffer Shariff : Lost in the pervious election, so wants to retire with an winning note
Chandre Gowda : Bring satisfaction to common man.

V Prasanna Kumar: Help the poor and solve the issue which political parties have not done.

Tippu Vardhan: To work on security, eliminate rowdies which can only be done with power.

A lot was debated on 2 party system Vs Multiple party systems, and the final outcome was multiple party systems leads to instability in the govt.

Question: Foremost Issue which needs to be solved???
Surendra Babu : Reservation, Security.

Zafer Mohiuddin : Security, Corruption, Mass transportation.

Jaffer Shariff: Internal Security, Corruption.

Chandra Gowda : Security .

V Prasanna Kumar: Corruption.

How much of these debates or media hype would transform the voters to cast their votes , choose the right candidates and make him accountable needs to be watched....

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Constituency - Chennai Central

State - Tamil Nadu
Date : 13-MAY-2009 Political Party : Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).
Dayanidhi Maran , Former Minister for Communications and Information Technology and Son of Late Mr Murasoli Maran. His contributions to the development of the State has been numerous and manifolds. Know more about this campaign @
Candidate Name : Dayanidhi Maran
Educational Qualification : Graduated in Economics from Loyola College, Chennai (1986-89), Major Management Programme In Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.
Previous Field Work :Associated with print media and visual media for over a decade.
Political Background :Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Elected MP 14th Lok Sabha.
Achievements (HOT STATS) :Reduction in mobile and landline call rates drastically during his tenure as Union IT and Communications minister. Brought in investments well in excess of $30b for the IT sector. Providing of Village Public Telephone (VPTs) in remaining unconnected 66,822 villages component of Bharat Nirman.
Non Achievements (Cold STATS) : Dayanidhi Maran has been accused of demanding the Tatas 33.33% shares from the Tata-Rupert Murdoch DTH project (Tata Sky) for the Sun Network.
Source of Information (SOI) : Wikipedia,
Contributed by Venkatesh Arumugam from Bangalore

Monday, April 6, 2009

Constituency - Kolkata South

State - West Bengal
Election Date : 13-MAY-2009 Political Party : Trinamool Congress

Mamata Banerjee Found and chief executive of all india Trinamool Congress party and a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. She represents Kolkata south constituency of West Bengal. Know more about his campagin @

Candidate Name : Mamata Banerjee

Educational Qualification : M.A., B.Ed., LL.B., Trained in Work Education,Educated at Calcutta University (West Bengal).

Previous Field Work :Political & Social Worker.

Political Background :Union Cabinet Minister, Railways(1999-2001) , Union Cabinet Minister, Coal and Mines (2004), Member, Committee on Home Affairs ( 2007 onwards).
Achievements (HOT STATS) :As a railway minister, she introduced 19 new trains for 2000-2001fiscal year. Provided free legal aid to the poor and working for the protection of human rights; organized various health camps for mothers and children.

Non Achievements (Cold STATS) : Lack of diplomacy and suaveness has come under scanner for protesting against Tata Nano project at singur and chemical Hub at Nandigram. Intellectuals feel that she is a hurdle for the states optimal growth.

Source of Information (SOI) : Wikipedia,