HDK cash for seat controversy: Politicians make fun of democracy

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HD Kumaraswamy
Politicians always make headlines but for wrong reasons. Former Chief Minister of Karnataka has landed himself in controversy after an audio CD came into light in which he is purportedly asking money for throwing away a Rajya Sabha seat.

In 35-minute CD which was played on Kannada TV channels, he was seeking a bribe in exchange for JD(S) support to contest in State Legislative Council election. The audio CD was a conversation between Kumaraswamy and supporters of Vijugouda, a JD(S) functionary in which former Chief Minister was heard saying, "Each MLA (of JDS) is asking for one crore. They are saying you make anybody the MLC..."

At another point, he said, "At least 40 people (JD(S) MLAs) are asking for 40 crore ... This is my fate."

Not deterred by controversy, he audaciously defended himself saying that the whole matter was blown out of proportion.

CD controversy a bitter reminder of 2008 cash for votes scandal

"In this case, I have explained internal party realities with my party workers. It has been blown out of proportion as though I have committed a sin. There is nothing which corroborates that someone has paid any money..."

Not only that, JD(S) leader also raked up another controversy saying other parties were also indulging in corruption.

He has drawn huge flak over the issue and all parties have slammed him in unison.

Karnataka Chief minister Siddaramaiah said, "Whoever has done...mistake is a mistake. Corruption is corruption. If he (Kumaraswamy) says other parties are also doing it, it is not a defence at all."

Meanwhile, Union Minister Ananth Kumar has demanded a thorough probe into the controversy. "Whoever is guilty, after a thorough probe, he should be punished," Kumar said.

Politicians making fun of democracy

The issue highlights how our politicians have belittled the dignity of our democratic set up. People reposes faith in politicians with the hope that they will provide them better governance but see what they are doing. They are making fun of democracy and see this blatant remark of Kumaraswamy in which he is saying that he hasn't committed any sin. The proofs are available corroborating his involvement in crime but he is not ready to buckle down. Politicians think that they will remain unscathed irrespective of the gravity of crimes. But then people can't be made fool for so long. JD(S) got only 2 seats in Lok Sabha election. Similar was the fate of others parties who faced the consequences for their misdeed. So, it's time politicians should learn that they will have to pay heavily for their misdemeanor. They can't get away easily.

This is not the first time democracy has been maligned. People have vivid memory of 2008 Cash-For-Votes scandal and JMM bribery scandal.

2008 Cash-For-Votes scandal

This is linked with UPA Government who allegedly bribed BJP leaders in order to survive confidence vote on 22 July, 2008. After coming in minority when Left parties withdrew their support on Indo-US nuclear deal, UPA hatched this depraved plan. They told BJP MLAs to either support them or abstain from voting. People must have this visuals in their mind when three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members - Faggan Singh Kulaste, Ashok Argal and Mahavir Bhagora waved bundles of cash in Parliament while voting was going on. They alleged that big sum of amount around Rs 30 million was meant to buy votes during the trust motion. Even WikiLeak in 2011 also corroborated this claim that payoff had been made so that UPA could get majority in trust motion.

JMM bribery scandal

This is another blot on democracy where Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) decided to support the Congress Government headed by PV Narasimha Rao in exchange of money. In 2011, JMM leaders - Shibu Soren, Suraj Mandal, Simon Marandi and Shailendra Mahto admitted that they were approached by Congress to save the Government in 1993.

According to a Hindustan Times report, the leaders told the tribunal that Congress voluntarily donated a total of Rs 1.02 crore in JMM's party fund.

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