Politics in India

Election promises give way to cash-for-vote

Gone are the days when voters in India, especially the poor and the downtrodden, had to wait indefinitely for the benefits promised by MLAs or MPs during their election campaigns. At the most, the voters could expect some benefit at the fag end of their five year term so that the legislators concerned could look forward to another five year term. But now the voters don’t have to wait indefinitely for the succors. The candidates or party workers would knock on the doors of the voters a week before the election-day and make it appear that it is just a door-to-door campaign. But the voter gets a good amount along with a slip of paper which carries information regarding your polling booth, date and symbol of the party. This system (though not permitted officially) is called cash-for-vote all over India! Of course, the candidate has to be careful about the informers.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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