Dole out Money, Ensure your Victory
communal passions, muscle power and money power are vitiating
the electoral arena inspite of the close vigil of Election
Commission, Media and Judiciary. Black money flows lavishly
without any curbs across the nation, quite unprecedented in
scale, compared to the sums flowed in the previous elections.
Money power to influence the poor voters of one of the “fast
developing economies” has become the bane of the nation and
it seems it is here to stay in the years to come.
Is an Indian citizen worth Rs. 100/- 500/- or 1000/- notes
only, as seen by the “leaders of principles and integrity”
at the electoral scene?
If they are not thinking
on these lines why are they displaying the impunity and audacity
of doling out sarees, monies and other petty comforts to a hapless
voter. It is nothing but a sort of exploitation of the poverty-
stricken and these leaders don’t have any qualms or moral prick
to leave them in the lurch after their dreams are materialised.
Except the leftists,
all other parties are involved in such banalities in one way or
other. I don’t know whether the leftists will also try to keep pace
with the tainted leaders slowly but gradually in the desperate hurry
to occupy the throne in Indraprastha. Because the thin line (the
dividing line evolved into a thin one over the years) dividing the
bourgeois parties and the working class parties are slowly fading
out from the political scenario, when we observe some recent tendencies
which are not to be encouraged. In a world of mad consumerism, even
a party pursuing a revolutionary and humanitarian ideology is prone
to fall a prey to the bewitching, sizzling, scintillating and inviting
world of free market economic policies or capitalist ideology. Let
good sense prevail over them in the years ahead.
The alleged instance of doling out money to the poor in front of
the glaring TV cameras, started from Samajwadi Party leader, Mulayam
Singh. It was seen some of his Party supporters distributing currency
notes to poor men and women in his presence. The EC took notice
of this and sought his explanation. Mulayam must have had a ready-made
reply which might have been pre-meditated. He explained to the Commission
that it was customary for him every year to donate currencies to
the poor on the auspicious occasion of celebrating Holi at Etah
and it had nothing to do with elections.
Election Commission had to be content with his reply and by issuing
a curt warning to him ended the chapter then and there. Actor-Politician,
Chiranjeevi’s hotel room- he is the founder leader of Praja Rajyam
Party- at Tirupathi was raided as he was alleged to be distributing
money to the electorate from the hotel room. The 88 crore worth
actor desperately wants to upift the ‘prajas’ (subjects) from the
clutches of poverty and other hardships. We must certainly appreciate
his broad-mindedness for his love of the poor and down-trodden.
To serve them he has taken long holiday from the tinsel world. Worthy
to be emulated.
the constituency from which Maanavendra Singh, son of BJP
leader Jaswant Singh came to national attention when the media
men captured the scene of Jaswant Singh giving out currency
notes to the electorate and it was flashed across the TV screens.
A father’s love and affection towards his son is understandable,
but the question staring in our face is whether it should
be at the cost of integrity and principles of the former External
Affairs Minister. Is this also a Call to Honour? Mr. Jaswant
Singh is contesting this time from Darjeeling constituency
where the Gorkhas are predominant.
where our Home Minister, P.Chidambaram is contesting on Congress
ticket has also taken by an eye of the storm.
It is alleged that
an approximate sum of Rs.3.26 lakh was unearthed from the temple
premises. It was found inside a car parked inside the premises.
On coming to know
of the money hidden in the car AIADMK men who are in the opposite
camp immediately locked the premises and informed the police and
the police immediately passed the message to EC. The amount was
supposed to have been for distributing among the electorate of SivaGanga.
Deve Gowda, the humble farmer from Karnataka, former Prime Minister
and one of the architects of Third Front was reported to have launched
a scathing attack on some political leaders doling out currencies
to the electorate. “Instead of the ‘red note’ (Rs.1000 note), now
political parties are giving gift coupons”- he was quoted as saying.
(The Hindu dated 24-04-2009). On going through the news item all
must have felt proud of him.
But I was quite embarrassed to see him distributing currencies to
those who crowded around him. I had the opportunity of reading the
two news items, one about his scathing attack on the political leaders
distributing money to the poor people and the other Gowda himself
doling out currencies to those who approached him with outstretched
hands. It might be for charity. Anyhow, I am yet to be free from
The aforesaid instances are nothing compared to the goings on behind
the curtains where huge amounts are traded which do not surface
before the media and other watch-dogs and also the crores which
are about to flow after May 16 in the mad race for arriving at the
magic figure of 272, because a hung parliament is a foregone conclusion.
Contributing Writer K.R.Surendran
At the very outset, let me introduce myself to you. My name is K.R.Surendran,
hailing from a village called Pulluvazhy near Perumbavoor. Five
books in Malayalam are there to my credit now, and they are
“Pooviriyumkunninte- Santhathikal”(Stories), Gloriyayude Dinarathrangal”
(Stories), “Mumbai- Sketchukal” (Novelettes), and "Indiayude
Bhoopadam" (Novel). A novel “Pulluvazhy” was published recently.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article above are purely
those of the Contributing Writer.