Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls scheduled in 2017, it was found in an investigation that there exists 'vote cutters' in the country whose sole motive is to earn money by fielding candidates with an aim to cut down the votes of other parties.
Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls scheduled in 2017, it was found in an investigation that there exists ‘vote cutters’ in the country whose sole motive is to earn money by fielding candidates with an aim to cut down the votes of other parties. In a sting operation by India Today TV, it was exposed that how such dummy candidates are fielded by small parties in the elections. This expose brings out the loopholes in the election system in India and makes a mockery of Election Commission rules.
In the sting operation video aired by the channel, Rajesh Bharti, National president of little known Swarashtra Jan Party can be seen speaking as to how easy it is for parties to field the dummy candidates. Bharti was seen to be demanding Rs 1 crore to field one dummy candidate. Shariq Usmani, the In-charge of Apna Desh Party was also seen to be asking the reporter for Rs 10 crore to 12 crores to field 20 candidates. Meanwhile, in the same video, Bharat Rakshak Kranti Party’s Rajesh Khushwaha said that the process is really simple as once the candidate’s name is put, the Election Commission is ‘not concerned whether the person is campaigning or has disappeared.’
In 2014, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, another TV news channel, News Express in a sting operation exposed the system in political parties and the loopholes in the election system. Dr Ashraf Ali Sheikh, President of a little-known party called ‘Vanchit Samaj Insaf Party’ claimed that his party made a deal with BJP to divide the Muslim votes during the Rajasthan assembly elections. Dr Sheikh claimed that his party had fielded dummy candidates in constituencies like Kishanpole, Lakshmangarh and Chittorgarh. He was seen in the video saying that Congress leader K Natwar Singh’s son Jagat Singh, paid him 40 lakh rupees to cut Muslim votes.
He also claimed to have been offered Rs 1.25 crore by Jayant Chaudhary, a Rashtriya Lok Dal leader to canvass for 50,000 Muslim votes during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.