Why are there no crowds at election meetings?
Observers say that crowds are not thronging to election campaign meetings irrespective of the party or the candidate.There had been poor turnout in many of chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s meetings and the meeting addressed by AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi at Qutballapur on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Saturday.
It appears that the strict implementation of the model code of electoral conduct by Director General of Police A K Mohanty along with IV Subba Rao, Chief Electoral Officer of the Election Commission, has completely paralysed the cash distribution activity for gathering the crowd.
With heavy checking by the police all over the state and hundreds of crores of rupees confiscated, political parties are unable to get crowds for its election meetings as the party managers are not able to transport money, liquor and other freebies.
Analysts say that candidates of almost all parties are full of money but unable to pull it out to buy votes. At the rate of a minimum of Rs 3 to 4 crores being spent by each assembly candidate, the total money that will flush the election period might be upward of Rs 3,500 crore.