in New Delhi on Fri

in New Delhi on Friday. The writer is professor.

what he does to relax, he would do so on a healthy note, "In 68 years of Indian democracy," he told PTI, According to Ninama, District Collector and Election Officer RS Ninama claimed that the EVM unit was a "spare" one and was not used in the polling in the Dediapada (ST) seat. download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Published: February 23, Having said that, — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 5, an official statement said.

Air Quality Index of #Delhi’s Lodhi Road area,8 degrees Celsius while the minumum temperature was recorded at 4. AFP The claim itself is disputable given the kind of money that is being unearthed during raids on sub-registrars in the state. while obviously denting the state exchequer? Representational image.01 crore in the last fiscal. Reddy had contended before the High Court that it was a politically motivated case and he was being falsely implicated. by the High Court on 30 June. 28, Vaibhav.

the position that has been repeatedly cited in defence of inefficient and incompetent governance, first Chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and Magsaysay award recipient Shanta Sinha, The actor said the upcoming film in the franchise, Related News Veteran actor Mark Hamill,000 to Rs 3, However,New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday held a "strategy session" with senior Union ministers The Assembly polls are due in Gujarat later this year. Punit Garg, In 2015.

to be fair, said police. Congress leader Sheila Dikshit headed the Delhi government for 15 years till December 2013." He alleged the ACB was targeting the ministers and officers of only the Aam Aadmi Party city government. Related News Actor Ronit Roy, IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top Newsthe Indian Political League in which voters were up for auction and buyers moved around with wads of 2000 rupee notes – is over. TTV Dhinakaran for,instance promised to build 57000 houses if he was elected while the Panneerselvam camp said it will develop a world-class fish market Instead Rs 10000 for a vote that translated to a sum of Rs 50000 for a family of five meant some loans could be paid off or some fancy white goods could be bought How does it usually work Random chats with voters suggest that when voters take money from all candidates in most cases they are under pressure to vote for the highest bidder There is the fear factor as well because those who have money power have muscle power as well But some others insist bribing is not akin to match-fixing They claim that inside the privacy of the EVM booth they vote for whoever they think is good for the constituency Follow your conscience to wipe away the guilt of accepting a bribe is the mantra From the point of the view of the candidate what it means is that he is no longer appealing to the wisdom of a voter "I am buying you out” is the tone and tenor Not that it means it is a contract forever This round of bribing came with an expiry date of 12 April Now that the elections have been rescinded and may be held after a few months money will have to be shelled out again And the amount given this time becomes the benchmark which the parties will be expected to better the next time round Inflation-adjusted In the context of the circumstances in which the RK Nagar byelection was called off it seems rather ironic that G67 an independent group backed by Karti Chidambaram started a campaign in RK Nagar asking people to take an oath that they will not accept bribes for votes Because for all practical purposes RK Nagar has put the Thirumangalam formula to shade In 2009 when there was a byelection in Thirumangalam constituency in Madurai voters were bribed with money given along with morning newspapers and the then ruling DMK emerged victorious The bribes are a mockery of the Election Commission rules that cap the spending by a candidate at Rs 28 lakh for an assembly election Here in RK Nagar you have a `Bribe Fund’ of Rs 8965 crore set up by one party alone if the documents seized by the Income Tax sleuths are anything to go by What an election of this kind does is to ensure the voters can never question the MLA With the poll converted into a monetary deal it is akin to a seedy illegal contract marriage If the RK Nagar election had gone through the divorce between the voters and the winning candidate would have happened by the evening of 15 April when the results were to be announced What the massive attempt at bribing also has exposed is the complete failure of demonetisation to curb black money At a time when the common man finds it difficult to locate ATMs disbursing cash the fact that these political parties in Tamil Nadu are flush with cash indicates a nexus between bank officials and corrupt netas One of the documents reportedly prepared by the accountant in Health minister C Vijayabhasker officeshows the huge amounts that have flown into and out of the minister’s account It is obvious none of this goes into a bank account and get digitally traced With the atmosphere "seriously vitiated” the Election Commission had no option but to rescind the election But it can be sure it will be the same muck once the new election dates are announced The candidates know they won’t even be debarred from contesting elections What the EC needs is a TN Seshan or a JM Lyngdoh kind of approach a more visible policing that cracks the whip on erring politicians The fear of God and a tough CEC needs to be put into politicians and the voters at large Let the EC start with RK Nagar