By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: Reportedly and allegedly the netas were more curious to know from each other how much they ended up spending, than actually speculating on elections outcome. It stems from the fact that the Karnataka-2018 election has been a high-stakes battle, as a few candidates have reportedly spent around Rs 40-50 crore in their respective constituencies. The amount dwarfs the Rs 28 lakh per candidate ceiling fixed by the Election Commission (EC). What's more baffling is that the big spenders are from all three major political parties. Informally, netas have categorized constituencies in three slabs, depending on spending compulsions: While an A-category constituency is one where a candidate spent Rs 25 crore upwards, in B-category the spend was Rs 10-20 crore, and C-category Rs 5-8 crore. Most of the A-category constituencies are in the periphery of Bengaluru.In fact, many candidates started spending even before they were given tickets. A few sitting ministers and MLAs began eight months ahead by organizing badootas (grand feasts), buying leaders from opposite camps and pampering their supporters. But the dynamics changed after the election dates were announced. "Each assembly segment has around 250 polling booths and each booth has a committee comprising 10-15 members and headed by a chairman. It takes Rs 30,000-50,000 per day to maintain a booth committee, whose members are expected to visit all houses, soliciting votes. Outflow of cash increased as the campaign started,” sources said. The expenditure mounted in constituencies where there was a straight fight. "Purchasing leaders or neutralizing rivals is where most of the money has been spent. In fact, gram panchayat members in South Karnataka demanded anywhere between Rs 2lakh to Rs 5lakh for their support. A few second-rung leaders demanded that candidates upgrade their sedans to SUVs,”. Unlike the last election, where the base price of a vote was Rs 1,000, the amount shot up in 2018 and netas attributed it to demonetization. "This pushed up the cost of purchasable votes as people started expecting a Rs 2,000 note in exchange for their vote,” reportedly a candidate said.
"kala dhan mukt bharat” corruption mukt bharat unemployment mukt bharatis "need of hour”.Allegedly Black Money already exists in India and it runs elections as several thousand crorers rupees is seized by election commission of India in each elections.. In Karnataka elections election commission of India has seized several crorers . Let BJP declare openly from whom it is taken money before election if it want to claim that it is free from corruption. Reportedly BJP did nothing about Black money as it takes cash donations for its political funding and election expenses and gossips are making rounds about hollow claims .Reportedly few people say that some political parties eat before election and few eat after coming to power and both stands on same pedestal. and both are not free from corruption. .People are demanding that political parties need to be transparent in its financial dealingds.. Kaladhan Mukt Bharat and corruption Mukt Bharat and unemployment Mukt Bharat is need of hour .Congress Mukt Bharat? Wrong statement and BJP should stop arrogance .Indian Democracy need both ruling party and opposition party as per constitution. Indian Democracy is technical Majority and not peoples Majority and need to end after the results: Then Elected peoples representative should work for all citizens whether they have voted for him or not. Few get votes and few get seats: All political parties need to understand basics of Indian Politics. It is pertinent to note that majority voters are with opposition parties. Few get votes and few gets seats .Some timeBJP got seats to form the centralgovernment by securing 34 percent vote and 66 percent votes were secured by opposition parties but they failed to get the seats .It is only technical majority and not the peoples majority .First the opposition parties must thank their voters. Both the ruling party and opposition parties have to fulfill their duties as per constitution of India towards welfare of the people.