Mysuru: The campaign ‘My vote is not for sale’ was launched at the Freedom Fighters’ Park by the State Backward Classes Vigilant Forum.
“Assembly elections will be held in the State in a few months. Politicians are more likely to lure voters than ever before. But, everyone vowed that we will not sell votes,” he said.
State Backward Classes Vigilant Forum President K. S. Shivaramu said that the Election Commission needs to do the job of curbing this act. In this regard, the Chief Election Commissioner needs to take bold action. There is a need to vote consciously in the next elections by pledging not to sell votes for money, By doing so, voters should show their bold desire to save and develop the Constitution,” he said.
Recently, BJP MLA Ramesh Jarakiholi said in an open meeting that he will buy votes by giving Rs. 6000 to the voters, which is a mockery of Democracy. By taking action against them, the Election Commission should show its strength and fulfill the hope of Democracy. He lamented that otherwise, people think the Election Commission would be dead.
“Voter has lost their existence in present society by politicians and capitalists. In order to regain the lost value, we have to get over the feeling of selling votes. We as voters should be determined not to sell our votes. Selling votes for oppression by money, caste, and the lure is a danger to Democracy. We have a great democratic parliamentary system modelled in India by the Constitution given by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. It is the responsibility of all of us to protect the ideal Democracy and make it more powerful. K. S. Shivaram demanded that seniors, juniors and youth should work responsibly as guardians of democracy.
Speaker Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri in the ‘Need for Reforms in Electoral System’ programme held in Mangalore last year said that there should be a no vote for the sale movement to be held. While inaugurating a programme on the need for reforms in the election system organised by the Dakshina Kannada District Administration at Kudmul Ranga Rao Town Hall, he said that the youth should be the guardians of this system. It is not our responsibility to leave the police as the guardians of the system. He said that the role of youth is important in building the future of this nation in a democratic system