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Houses sport “our votes are not for sale'' placards

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GOOD: A placard displaying the inmates' revulsion to cash for votes idea at a house in Karur.
GOOD: A placard displaying the inmates' revulsion to cash for votes idea at a house in Karur.

Theirs has been a unique and purposeful campaign, devoid of the usual promise of freebies and slandering of opponents. The stress is on ensuring a transparent and clean administration sans corruption, ensuring dignity and value of the voters. The Anti Corruption Movement in Karur has made its presence in the local body elections in a resplendent manner. A group of campaigners are canvassing for the six candidates contesting for wards in the Karur Municipal Council on behalf of the Anti Corruption Movement. They are moving door-to-door in the residential areas, explaining to the people the virtues of electing independent candidates who are unblemished and are not swayed by monetary gains. They highlight issues that have so far remained on the margins of administration. In some areas, they have revisited the places as more people urge them to do rounds in their neighbourhood.

The campaigners primarily urge voters not to fall prey to political parties which try to trade votes for cash. The movement members were in for some pleasant surprise when their efforts started yielding results as some people started sporting “our votes are not for sale'' placards outside their houses. Placards with similar messages have sprouted in a handful of houses in Gandhigram, Pasupathypalayam and other areas much to the delight of the organisers and chagrin of political parties.

They also urge the voters, the educated and the upper creamy layers in particular, to come out and cast their votes early to avoid impersonation and bogus voting. The ACM volunteers are distributing handbills raising a few questions on morality, principles, values, good governance, transparency and purpose of action.

Through the handbills the movement also questioned the rationale behind the delay in sanctioning permission for bio mass gasifier crematorium at Balambalpuram and why the crematorium at Pasupathypalayam has not been repaired for public use after just a month of operation for the last several months. How a commercial complex on the Kovai Road got its building plan approved in just less than three days while a municipal school renovation plan was returned repeatedly.

The volunteers raised pertinent queries as to why private contractors were demanding money for connecting households to underground sewer lines when deposits have already been paid; on unbridled dumping of civic waste in residential areas posing health hazards to public.

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