Alagiri, the brave heart minister of DMK, is well known for going the extra mile for his voters during election times in Tamil Nadu. No wonder then that the Election Commission has already seized over Rs. 28 Crore in cash in the state!
On Tuesday, Rs 5.11 crore was seized from a private bus in Tiruchirappalli. The money was kept in bags and thrown over the top of the bus. But this may be just one of several such buses which politicians may be using across Tamil Nadu. Apart from Tamil Nadu, West Bengal has been second with cash seized worth 4.98 crore and Assam third with Rs 3.96 crore. It’s anybody’s guess where the money was scheduled to go.
The operational motive of our politicians is very simple. First they will announce freebies after freebies and really populist schemes to gain votes and get elected. Then they will scam the state and country as much as possible. By the time next elections are coming, they will open their coffers and use some of the money gained from scams and bribe voters, either in cash or through free liquor. End result, they get elected for another term and the vicious cycle continues.
Meanwhile, assembly elections 2011 campaigns are now gaining momentum. West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee filed his nomination on Tuesday. He is contesting again from the Jadavpur Assembly constituency. The constituency will go to polls on 27th April. Trinamool Congress has put up Manish Gupta as their nominee against the Chief Minister.
Assam Phase 2 polls are on 11th April. Kerala, Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu are scheduled to go to elections next on April 13th. West Bengal will have its phase 1 on April 18th and last 6th phase on May 10th. Assembly election 2011 results for all five states are scheduled on May 13th.