The by election at Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar has widened the various weakness with democracy questioning the possibility of 'free and fair elections'.
Until now, six personnel have been detained by police for distributing money and Rs 13 lakh has been apprehended. After repeated complaints by DMK and Team OPS, Praveen Nair was appointed as election observer to the constituency, City Police Commissioner, George was transferred and close to 10 observers were appointed for a single constituency.
Even with all these preparations, Election Commission couldn't curb money distribution. Utilising the concept of 'Digital India', notorious party men distributed gift items. When EC constricted the flow of money into the constituency, the gang moved on to issuing tokens which could be exchanged for items like kitchen utensils. Even more, at selected areas, online shopping sites like Flipkart and Snapdeal were allegedly used by 'vote dealers' to garner votes. Yet a strict pattern was also followed by them at locations where it was hard to monitor the crowd.
For instance, residents which had multiple number of voters living in close quarters, voters name list was used to identify them and distribute Rs 4000 per vote. That is if they prefer money then complex marks were left on the walls to identify which crew gave money there.
New allegation is that even bus conductors were been lured by the 'vote dealers', who distribute the money as the passenger leaves the bus at some remote locations in the constituency. Election Commission feels stupefied by the creative ways 'vote dealers' are disseminating money at RK Nagar.
On April 5, EC had issued orders of transfer and postings of 22 police officers including five assistant commissioners, one joint commissioner and two deputy commissioners with having just a week for elections. Though an official explanation was not given by EC for the mass transfer, word is that it is its final step to block money distribution.