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Money politics ruining the nation: AP Editors Association President VVR Krishnamraju
AP Editors Association president VVR Krishnamraju has said that irrecoverable damage will be caused to the Indian politics if adequate steps were not taken to reduce the influence of money in the field.

He along with Better Andhra Pradesh (BAP) convener Sunmurthy released posters to create awareness among people against purchase of votes and steps to entice voters. 

Addressing media persons in this connection at Vishakapatnam, VVR Krishnamraju expressed anguish that 30 per cent of those who won the Lok Sabha elections in 2004 were crorepatis.  The percentage rose to 82 by now. According to the estimates of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), about 2014 Assembly and Lok Sabha polls Rs 35000 crore were unauthorisedly spent by different parties. This figure is higher by Rs 20000 crore than in the 2009 polls. 

The expenditure in the ensuing elections is likely to exceed Rs 50,000 crore, most of which will be for purchase of votes. Surprisingly, no other country in the world is spending as much for purchase of votes. Pointing that the winning chances of the creamy layer entering the public life are 20 per cent more than the ordinary contestants, he expressed distress that the undesirable trend has been thwarting entry of intellectuals and people's organizations leaders into politics. Political scholar John Stuart Mill opined that Egalitarian society will be a day dream as long as politics remain in the grip of the rich. Unfortunately the creamy layer alone is holding the reins of the public life. 

Features India newspaper editor Bharanikana Ramarao said that the common man will not get equal justice as long as the public life remains syndicated by the richer class.  Unlike any other statute-makers in the world, about 30 per cent of the present politicians in the statute-making process in the country are involved in criminal cases. Enticing voters with money and by other means, accepting money to cast vote come under this category of crime. He defined the practice as anything that involved money to influence or change the minds of voters to favour the giver. 

In a bid to prevent flow of money and unethical practices like enticing the voter with money in the upcoming elections, the AP editors association (APEA) and BAP are taking up a state-wide and large scale campaign. Posters containing OUR VOTE IS NOT FOR SALE slogan will be prominently displayed in many villages. As many as 5000 posters are readied for the purpose.

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