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By-election gaffe in R K Nagar

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Tax raids on a minister's house and a matinee idol and concrete evidence of how Rs 86 crore was distributed to 85% of voters of suburban RK Nagar constituency where an election is scheduled to be held on April 12. The CEC will take a decision of cancelling the by-election on Monday. Each voter was paid Rs 4000 cash. A road map with all the voters names and the modus operandi to distribute the money was unearthed in the raids. The election has become important for the war-striffen two factions of former CM O Pannerselvan and present CM Palanisami. The official two leaf symbol was also freezed for the by-election and candidates representing the warring factions were given hat and iron pole as symbols. The two factions are fighting the election for claiming legacy of Amma who represented the constiteuncy twice. Her death warranted a by-election and surely the groups want to make use of the opportunity to claim the legacy of J Jayalalitha. Sasikala's nephew Dinakaran was the candidate of the ruling party and Madhusudanan was the candidate of O Pannerselvan group. Earlier also two constituencies where elections are to be held were cancelled by the EC due to large-scale bribe offerings by AIADMK and DMK parties. Jayalalitha's niece Deepa is contesting the by-poll as an independent and DMK fielded journalist turned politician Ganesh in the fray. For all the political parties this election was an opportunity to show that the void left by Amma will be filled through this mandate. So they are leaving no stone unturned to gain votes in this by-poll.So brazenly and so openly political parties are resorting to appeasing the voters that it is high time the EC take a firm decision and send a strong message to all the political parties to refrain from such activities else face the consequences. Candidates resorting to such unethical methods should be barred for contesting any election in their life time. At least that may work or more stringent action may be needed. While everything is said about the by-election in R K Nagar in Andhra Pradesh in Gudivada byelection to a ward voters are believed to have been paid Rs 7000 for each vote. Where is democracy going. It is time civilian society and judiciary come together to drive away such evils in our democracy.

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