Manipur 2017

Money, mandate and Manipur

After the many lunches and dinners clandestinely hosted by some candidates, there are now reports of barely concealed distribution of money to voters.

During the by-election in the Hiyanglam constituency, local media said that each voter was bribed with as much as ₹5,000 — the amount increased as the voting hour drew to a close.

While she was the Trinamool Congress State president, Kim Gangte urged people to cast their votes according to their conscience, although some of them might have taken money.

The demonetisation had hamstrung most politicians, but with phenomenal resilience, they are back in the election battlefield and some candidates are doling out edible oil, sugar, rice and other consumer items to poor villagers.

There has been no report of officials of the Election Commission of India (EC) making their presence felt.

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