Mohandas Pai is the co-founder of Bangalore Political Action Committee (BPAC). He answers a few questions from Citizen Matters in the background of BBMP elections.
Mohandas Pai, Vice-president of B.PAC, responds to a few quick questions by Citizen Matters.
Do you really think any party has performed well over the recent years in Bangalore? Any individuals (MLAs or corporators) you have seem performing at a local level?
No, but a few (individual) MLAs and corporators have done well.
Will this election change anything at BBMP?
Yes, if the educated middle class come out and vote in large numbers and get good people in.
What are the chances of the BCLIP candidates? How do you think the results themselves will affect the programme?
Decent chances if they work hard, do door-to-door campaigning and earn the trust of voters.
It is not easy to collect factual data on candidates. How did BPAC get the info to shortlist the candidates endorsed? We did hear from RWAs that they are not happy about some candidates B.PAC had endorsed because the candidates are not (perceived as) clean. Did BPAC consult RWAs before the decisions?
We took data from affidavits, public information, track record of performance, public opinion and from opinion makers, RWAs etc.
How does BPAC plan to engage with corporators post the elections?
We will do surveys and have conversations with them. But it needs broader public support.