Activists of the Indian National Lok Dal protest against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi over the FDI issue in Gurgaon

Activists of the Indian National Lok Dal protest against Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi over the FDI issue in Gurgaon - PTI

Activists of the Indian National Lok Dal protest against Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi over the FDI issue in Gurgaon - PTI

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We are now in the final stages of this general election. On Thursday, May 7, voters will elect a new Parliament. So far the campaign has been curiously lacklustre and timid.

An unquestionably authentic verdict is fundamental as much for democracy as it is for political parties that win with spectacular success.