Fixing limited term of office for politicians contesting elections.

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We speak high about the United States of America fixing a not more than two terms for the President of USA. In a similar manner, our political leaders also have to have a fixed term and there is an urgent need to bring rotation system in the political system to ensure the best of our countrymen for the benefit of our country.
Every political party is facing serious infighting no sooner the list of candidates likely to contest elections are announced. One of the main reasons for this situation is because of the senior political leaders in all political parties dominating the elections by trying to contest continuously for the 6th, 7th 8th, 9th and maybe for the 10th time also. Another factor is that the senior leaders suddenly try to get to tickets for a newcomer (rank outsider) in the party discarding the old cadre who have struggled for the party but have been denied opportunities for many terms, thus causing serious heartburn in the junior political leaders who have given their best part of their life to the party.

The people of this country are mute spectators in this political drama at the time of election and have no choice but to elect those persons who have switched from one party to another in the last minute.

In order to bring in changes and to restore respectability in democratic politics it is desired by the Election Commission of India,and of the political parties to fix a limited term for a person to contest elections in the country so that an individual can also have a political life of about 30 to 40 years and not more than that in the interest of the nation.

A small remedial measure is suggested here below and this needs to be widely discussed and debated and modifications for the election process has to be brought in for the political future of all politicians including the junior and senior leaders of all political parties.

Draft of the suggestive changes to be brought by the Election Commission is as follows: 

  •  One Person from any recognized/ unrecognized political party or as an independent shall not be permitted to contest elections from the same constituency to the Assembly/Parliament for more than three (3) consecutive terms irrespective of winning or losing the elections.
  • One Person from any recognized/ unrecognized political party or as an independent shall not be permitted to contest elections to the Legislative Council/RajyaSabhafor three (3) consecutive terms irrespective of winning or losing the elections.
  • One Person can contest for the Legislative Assembly/Parliament/Legislative Council/RajyaSabha from the same constituency for not more than five (5) terms provided he/she shall compulsorily rest for a period of one term at the end of three terms.
  • A person who is interested in getting elected to Municipal Council, he/she shall contest two terms continuously, take a rest of one term and can continue to contest for another two more terms but his/her total of contesting in Municipal Council cannot be more than four (4) terms.

Assume that a person starts working for a political party actively at the age of 21 and he/she gets elected to the municipal council for 2 terms (10) years and gets elected for five terms (25 Years) for Assembly/Council/Parliament/RajyaSabha with a break of one term (5 years) he/she will be in electoral politics for 40 years. This is something close to the number of years of service a person will have in Government Service or in serving the Judiciary.

Please take up this issue in the interest of building a much stronger nation. This is not aimed at curbing the growth of any political party or curbing the growth of any particular political leader either at the state level or at the national level. If these above-suggested changes are approved by the parliament it will reduce the infighting within the political parties and lot of junior politicians will get their due share of political space and party hopping will definitely get reduced.