Wastage of Money in Politics
“It's exciting; I don't know whether I'm going to win or not. I think I am. I do know I'm ready for the job. And, if not, that's just the way it goes.” The above line is said by President George Bush in context to the elections in United States of America, but it is relevantly true in India. A month later India is going to organize its largest election mela and the entire world is going to witness it. It will be the world’s costliest election ever happened, even greater then America’s Presidential elections. Over 70 million voters will cast their precious vote to choose their representative. More than one thousand political parties are taking part in this jumbo fair of democracy. To choose 543 members of the Lok Sabha, it is estimated that the political parties will spend ten thousand crores of rupees. This amount is far ahead of any other elections held at any part of the globe. It is estimated that rupees two thousand crores will go in giving cash to voters and paying for their liquor parties in order to allure them to cast their precious votes for a particular party. The other eight thousand crore rupees will go in ticket buying, advertisements, campaigning, booth capturing, party funds, buying weapons, travelling, and other accessories. The irony of the matter lies in the fact that the Election Commission grants only ten lac rupees to a candidate to campaign for his election. The era of elections has changed post independence. Now the mode of transport is no more the ‘Paidal Yatras’ but helicopters have taken over it. Now the leaders prefer to move in helicopters for their campaigns. The mode of advertisements have also changed in this electronic age, now they have their own websites and blogs over internet, speeches are broadcasted through CDs, DVDs and advertisements and jingles are shown over satellite television channels. A hefty sum is spent over them. The next big issue is forming a coalition government and forming...
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