I blogged about the panchayat local elections recently. One striking result is in the Kizhakambalam panchayat (similar to a parish council) of Ernakulam district in Kerala.
A Kerala-based corporate group Anna Kitex will govern the entire panchayat after winning the elections.
The Kitex Group fielded candidates in all 19 wards in the panchayat and won 17.
So despite the overall win for the left in the various panchayat elections across Kerala this has to be of concern not just for the left, but for all democrats. The opportunity for conflicts of interest are massive.
Let’s hope this does not catch on.