Some Proverbs… “Silver key opens every door” “Money, money, money; brighter than sunshine and sweeter than honey” “Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of all evil, the sum of blessings”. – (Carl Sandburg).
Is money is needed for doing goodor bad in elections? Initially the elections were not costly : Rs 10 crore in the first General Election Scenario now has changed : In 1998 - Rs 666 crore, In 1999 – Rs 880 crore and in 2004 1300 crore. Expenses limit : The limit for a Lok Sabha candidate is Rs 25 lakh and Rs 10 lakh for an Assembly candidate.
Is money is needed for doing goodor bad in elections? Majority of the people are poor or middle class. Money has only two uses in Indian elections Three-fourths of our parliamentarians are either associated with crime or suspected of criminal associations
Some Facts… million, you are 75 times If you are worth Rs.50 more likely towin the elections to the Lok Sabha than if you are worth underRs.1 million. Twenty – three out of 64 cabinet ministers’ assets fall in theRs.50 million plus category. The 543 MPs of the current Lok Sabha are worth Rs.80 billion.
Media, Money And Elections The month long general election beginning April 16 will witness an outlay of something like 100 billion rupees (two billion dollars). About 20 billion rupees will be spent by the nationalElection Commission and state government on organizing the actual Polling. a matter of serious concern and of far reaching consequences which has surfaced in this year’s parliamentary election is “paid news syndrome”.
Media, Money And Elections CMS estimating that as much as 20 billion rupees has been for “unofficial” cash purchases of individual votes on the even of balloting. The blatant misuse of print and electronic media by political parties and candidates and also about the media which allowed itself to be abused by them.
Conclusion Finally, as a matter of reality in political economic accounting, it should be said that MONEY has only one role during pre- election/election/post-election: as a capital investment for politicians to earn more profits for themselves and for their hangers-on!MONEY is the BANE of our CULTURE!
Referances Inaugural address by Hon’ble Justice G.N. Ray at Seminar on ‘Role of Money Power in Elections” on 8th August, 2009 organised by Kerala Journalists’ Union, Palakkad, Kerala. Report of P. Sainath. http://abdullah.instablogs.com/entry/election-expenses-in-india/ http://news.in.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=4568664