KANPUR: A candidate for assembly election can spend as many as rupees 28 lakh. If a candidate with possession of such a heavy amount fights a legislative assembly election, there must have been some kind of affluence added to him. How can he be described as a public figure? He can also not be a simple popular leader of one constituency. Therefore it becomes evidently clear that the poll battle is contested on money power, not on people’s power. That’s why we do find influential politicians wrestling the poll battles in the various assembly constituencies of a state. It is due to this very reason well-liked social workers do not get an opportunity to contest the elections at such level.
Though the poor voters’ precious votes are extracted for winning the poll, the poor leader cannot emerge as politician owing to this trend. The moneyed leaders weave such a strategy where they can seek votes of every voter but their importance does not rise above. Their votes are purposely swayed on the basis of money power while their demands are not fulfilled after the polls. Just the same case is seen in bringing the candidature of near and dear ones for the elections. A father’s son can easily contest an election on his father’s backing and the family politics starts from here.
It is a proven fact that every political party is plagued by this weakness. Whether it is Congress, Communist, BJP, BSP, SP and several other parties all run their family members in the elections. When every party has moneyed leaders the talk of dynasty politics has no relevance. Every political party is wealthy and this is proved when the reports of horse trading or party shifting come to our naked eyes. Democracy does not wholly support rule by the poor but it provides ample chance to the affluent ones to have power over the poor.