So did Menka Gandhi, both after a recount!
If nothing, this is the most disgusting aspect of Indian Democracy. In a bizarre turnout of events during counting, both Mr. P Chidambram (PC) and Mrs. Menka Gandhi (MG) had lost the elections but later were declared winners after they called for a recount of votes.
There is a chance, a very little chance, that there was a fair play in both the cases, but such gross blunders on part of Election Committee (EC) is very difficult to digest given the state in which India’s politics stands today! The introduction of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) whose sole purpose was to make it easy in the counting the votes, makes it even more hard to believe that this kind of error can really happen.
I didn’t vote in this election, that said, I guess I do not deserve the right to comment on what happened during this elections. But I really pity those who did. (Man, first hats off to all of them for getting themselves eligible to vote) Those who contested the elections, were all, well almost, lousy candidates to vote for. Which way would you go when you have आगे कुवाँ और पीछे खाई (a well in front and a gorge behind)? And then, even when people did vote, its not their votes that decides who wins, the EC does. We the people, are just numbers. Numbers that are used to display the strength of Indian Democracy internationally! The Triumph of People! What a Joke! We always lose, either we vote or not. Whether one candidate wins or other. It doesn’t matter, we don’t matter. And that’s what’s disgusting!
I was not very fond of Mrs. Menka Gandhi anyways, but Mr. P Chidambram, you’ve lost any respect I had for you, even if at the end you’ve managed to somehow win your constituency!
PC: lost by 3000, then won by 3500 votes
MG: lost by 22000, then won by 6400 votes