More than12 Millions of Punjabi NRIs (NonResident Indians) who already have an influence in Indian election campaigns, NRIs now can cast a vote from outside the country in upcoming elections after the registration. The Indians living in other countries with Indian passport can now cast their vote physically or through E-ballot procedure. After the order of Supreme Court of India, the election commission of India has cleared the procedure and eligibility in January 2015. The voter can register himself at www.eci.nic.in and download the 6 A form from http://eci.nic.in/eci_main/forms/Form-6A.pdf .The voter has to apply before six months of the expiry of the house for E- ballot voting facility. The permanent residents and the voters of any other country cannot give their vote in India, but Indian citizens who are living, studying or doing jobs in other countries can cast their votes.
Influence of NRIs
The Punjabi NRIs have a big influence on the people and political parties of Punjab , as they invest in Punjab and send financial help to their families. They also help with funds to the political parties and invest in development plans; all major parties have their NRI wings. Capt Amarinder Singh started his electoral mission from abroad in April. AAP got the major support of NRIs in previous elections of Delhi and Indian Parliament. BJP also has its NRI wing, however, they do not get donations from outside the country, but Narender Modi has an exceptional popularity all over the world especially in Indians living in other countries. SAD also has NRI’s support both politically and religiously.
NRIs can request people in campaigning to vote for a particular candidate or party by using their influence on the people of their village or town. This time, we may find increased number of NRI candidates also from all the parties especially in Dawaba Belt, where almost every family has its members living outside India. People living abroad can vote as per their choice to any candidate or party by using E-ballot procedure from outside India.
Consideration of NRI’s
NRIs do invest in properties and other businesses in Punjab in which they get the problems from localities. Many cases are there of fraud with NRIs in properties and other investments and many criminal offences registered every year. NRIs may have in mind while participating in elections that their hard earned money remains secure and the lives of their family members also get a crime free atmosphere.
Benefit to Punjabis
The population of Punjab is struggling for its social and economic survival, which NRIs can help them out of it. NRI candidates during staying in developed countries must have learned the better way of living and better administration, which can be used for the benefit of Punjabis. The rich campaigners and donors can create finance for the growth of individuals and groups. Many wealthy NRIs can invest in Punjab for the development and career opportunities if they find the good results.
Political Parties and NRIs
Since the situation is that the NRIs can play a big role in elections in 2017, every party trying to vow the NRIs. The promises will be made to them and the tickets will be offered to them, but it is interesting to see how the NRis will take the elections