Money plays a major role in elections whether it is a parliamentary election or Assembly polls. It has become normal for politicians to pay Rs.100, Rs.500 and Rs.1000 per vote.
Although the Election Commission has taken drastic measures to curb money laundering, it has not been able to completely eradicate the practice of paying money for votes.
There are reports in the media with evidence during elections and cases are being filed in the courts.
In this case, the Hyderabad Special Court has bashed the anti-democratic act of bribing voters.
A special court has sentenced Telangana Mahabubabad constituency MP (TRS party) Maloth Kavita and her aide Shaukat Ali to six months in jail each for bribery.
This is the first time in the country that a sitting MP has been given a sentence for paying voters. This is a wake-up call for all parties.
The steps taken by the Election Commission to curb the distribution of money during the recent elections are commendable. There is no doubt that the Commission will prevent electoral malpractices with its iron fists during the coming elections.
Is that enough? Voters should also make sure not to get money from candidates. That awareness is the need of the hour. Will this happen? This ought to happen.
It will happen if imprisonment becomes mandatory for bribing the voters. We look forward to it.