Money for vote is tradition in
India now. Tamilnadu assembly elections and Jammu and Kashmir legislative
council elections are examples. In Tamilnadu people were paid against vote
whereas in J&K legislators were paid for vote. When poor and innocent
people take money to fulfill there needs, the exercise is called as corruption
but when MLAs are paid for vote it is called earning.
Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in
Jammu and Kashmir is in such a position that it will never come to the power
either by not winning majority or not having a coalition partner. Fact of the
matter is that BJP expected near 25 seats in 2008 assembly election of Bham
Bham Bholay aftermath. But people of Jammu region deceived the party and only
11 seats were secured by them. It forced BJP to neither in nor out situation.
When those against whom,
National Conference fought and established its rule for the last three
generations, are loyal to NC for power and money, what is wrong with BJP in
getting money against their vote, a stanch BJP leaders said on the conditions
of anonymity. Cash received against vote may be utilized on the development of
constituencies and for the benefit of people of Jammu, he added.
People furious, politicians
concerned called the vote for money as political character assassination.
Confusion is at the peak as on the one hand side legislators and even chief
minister of Jammu and Kashmir deny horse trading whereas on the other hand
reports of deal struck at Rs 5 crore is talk of the town.
For the last couple of years
India is busy in developmental activities. Some are busy in corrupt practices
and some in anti corruption. If anti corruption have given Anna Hazare to
Indians, corruption has given minister, legislators and voters. Both are
equally important. How effective would be Lokpal Bill is worth to watch.
In J&K, nothing dramatic
will happen as people are eagerly watching for. BJP high command will issue a
statement and legislators in Jammu would arrange corner meetings with their
supporters to come out from crisis till next episode is telecasted and pervious