The controversy over alleged payment of money to Self Help Groups (SHG) to vote in favour of the ruling Congress party in Adilabad Assembly constituency by-election refuses to die down although the polling was over on Sunday.
More and more SHG women arrived in town on Thursday to lodge complaints against the community activists (CA) of the Indira Kranti Patham (IKP) who are accused of stashing away the money meant to be distributed among the members.
Leaders from opposition parties said the issue should have attracted the attention of Election Commission of India as it involved bribing of voters by using official machinery. “This needs to be probed thoroughly to curb such occurrences in future”, said B. Goverdhan Reddy of Telangana Rashtra Samithi while speaking to The Hindu on Thursday.
Over 100 members of the 11 SHGs in Ramai village in Adilabad mandal descended on the town to lodge a complaint in the Adilabad rural police station against the local CAs. Similarly scores of women from groups in Landasangvi village, Pittalwada, Ankoli also arrived here to stage protests.
Kamalabai, president of the Sai SHG in Ramai, named a particular CA who, she said, had gone missing since the elections. “He was ready to pay Rs. 150 to each of us but we declined on coming to know that he had been given Rs. 300 for every SHG member in our village,” she alleged.
Kamalabai also declared that the groups would not repay their loans unless the issue was settled. She demanded that the government explain why money was given to CAs without the knowledge of SHGs.
Money allegedly paid to SHGs to vote in favour of ruling Congress Some groups threaten not to repay loans till the issue is settled
Money allegedly paid to SHGs to vote in favour of ruling Congress
Some groups threaten not to repay loans till the issue is settled
Adilabad SHG women accuse CAs of failing to distribute money among members