Chennai, May 11: The Tamil Nadu Assembly elections are merely 6 days away and there has been a breakthrough already. The Election Commission of India has already seized Rs 92 crore, which is the highest among Southern States, which would have been used for bribing voters.
In what is considered the biggest ever crackdown on cash-for-vote policy, the seized amount is likely to go up. Rajesh Lakhoni, Chief Electoral Officer of Tamil Nadu, said, "One of the biggest challenges has been to try and stop the bribing. We have automated the entire system. The moment we get a tip off, we reach the place and immediately seal the place. We have flying squads in almost every village."
Voters have a mixed reaction about the news. One of the voters said,"It is not that the politicians are buying our votes. It is more like the voters are selling their votes. If we restrict ourselves, then it can be stopped. Why blame the politician when we also contribute to it? Let us jabe the restraint and let us not sell the vote."
Realising their own contribution into the social evil, another voter said,"Till now, we were just taking what we were given. But now we feel we shouldn't take bribes. We need to eradicate this practice of taking money from politicians."