If one thinks that cash for a vote is only practiced in Pakistan then one is completely wrong. If one thinks that Biriyani, tea, and meals only attract voters in Pakistan then one is again wrong. The Indian media is full of news stories about the incidents of vote buying and political parties and candidates luring voters to offer those gifts.
In the recently concluded state elections in Karnataka, the money was used to buy votes.
The India Today news channel caught both Congress and BJP members buying votes outside polling stations. As Karnataka voting is underway, BJP and Congress workers have allegedly been caught distributing cash for votes in south Bangalore, now called Bengaluru. The T.V crew caught some workers distributing cash outside Nalini Raghunatha Rao degree college, BJP workers allegedly distributed Rs 500 while the Congress was seen handing out Rs 600, the English news channel added.
In some areas, even more, money was offered to give votes. The police recovered thousands of ration cards and identity cards from some BJP party workers. They paid money to the voters and collected their cards. The police raided the local office of the BJP and recovered these cards. The similar incidents took place in different areas across the Karnataka state.
The voting for 222 out of 224 assembly seats took place on Saturday across Karnataka, and along with reports of brisk polling in many polling stations, there are also reports of voters being enticed with cash. A close result expected as the counting will commence on Monday. Congress is hoping to retain its majority and to form the next government. The BJP is expected to make big gains in this very important state in South India.
In the morning, the Kolar Rural police arrested four persons on the charge of enticing voters. They were reportedly distributing nose rings to women voters. The police are interrogating them. The use of money to buy votes is common in India. The rich candidates use the money to buy votes from poor people. The elections have become very expensive in recent years as parties and candidates use a huge amount of money on advertisement.
Poverty is widespread in India and rich candidates exploit their hunger and extreme poverty to buy political support.
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17 July, 2019