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Should only local residents fight from a Constiituency?
Ajay Rai of the Congress party has filed his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha seat from Varanasi. He is a local resident and expect to win on that account, although he is standing against such stalwarts as Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party and the BJP Prime Ministerial Candidate, Narendra Modi.

Rai says that both Kejriwal and Modi are outsiders and are like Siberian birds who would go away once the polls are over and the constituency will not be looked after. This raises a crucial question, whether only local residents should fight elections from a constituency?

In some countries like America, this is the practice. It should be followed in India also so that the constituency could be nursed and its needs relating to healthcare, nutrition, road, transport and electricity etc. are taken care off.

It would also make standing of a candidate from multi-seats redundant and so the necessity of holding re-election in the seat vacated by a candidate winning elections from more than one seat also redundant leading to saving the expenditure on polling, by both the election commission as well as the candidates.

Moreover, since the local candidates will be known to the electorate, they would be able to choose them judicially. However, on national and international issues, even the local candidate will be guided by party's policies.


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