Updated: November 9, 2015 10:29:06 pm
In a Facebook post that has gone viral, Rajesh Kumar, a police constable in Kerala, has written about how he ‘contributed’ to his mother’s defeat in the recent local body elections in the state.
Kumar’s mother Jagadamma, a BJP candidate, lost by seven votes and ended up in the third position behind the LDF and UDF candidates in ward 6 of the Thamarakkulam panchayat in the Alleppey district.
In the post that has been shared more than 4,000 times and has attracted over 1,000 comments, Kumar wrote that his postal vote against his mother was among the reasons that contributed to her defeat.
“I consider myself more nationalistic than any 56-inch man. And I am concerned and worried about my 125 crore brothers and sisters,” wrote Kumar in an evocative post.
He goes on to argue that Gujarat, which was ruled by the current Prime Minister Narendra Modi for 12 years, was in the 28th position in ranking of primary education and that 70 per cent of the rural population in the state defecates in the open. “Let this post be a reminder to my mother, who as a school teacher, may have forgotten the very ideals that she taught me and to all my brothers and sisters in the country,” he wrote.
Kumar, later in a telephone interview, told IndianExpress.com that his intention is to seek a referendum among the public through social media on the state of politics in India. “I want to initiate a debate where the society can discuss politics in the deepest sense,” he said.
Kumar, who enjoys political conversations with his mother, said that a stream of friend requests and comments have been pouring in since his post went viral. On the other hand, Jagadamma, who has been a BJP member for the past 22 years, said she is not disappointed that her son voted against her. “I have never told him to vote for me. He has his own independent opinion and he does not get influenced by anyone,” she said.
But Jagadamma alleges that her defeat in the ward came in the wake of extensive booth capturing and fake voting by LDF cadres. “Everyone told me that I would win. But the LDF workers threatened people and distributed money. There was nothing we could do,” she said.
In the local body elections this year, the CPM-led LDF made a stunning comeback winning majority of the panchayats, municipalities and corporations in Kerala denting the prospects of the Congress. BJP has also made major inroads creating upsets in Thiruvananthapuram and Thrissur corporations.
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