I am not sure about the numbers, but if 3 MPs are to be bought for
3.33 3 crores a head, it somehow seems like a very small sum given the scale of operations.
Pandemonium gripped the Lok Sabha on Tuesday afternoon as opposition MPs suddenly flashed bundles of currency notes they said were being doled out by government supporters to bribe MPs ahead of a crucial trust vote later in the day.
10 9 crores of bribe to stay in power for about eight months longer? Am I horribly out of date, or has the rupee actually appreciated that much. One would think it takes a lot more to buy a few MPs.
I don’t want to sound naive, but I am mildly horrified. One would think that the techniques of bribery would be perfected by now, especially given the series of sting operations and the like over the last five years. You would assume that bribes would be made rather smoothly, with no chance of information leaks. That the bribing process would involve some intricate level of blackmailing, that implicates both the bribe giver and taker. Considering the Congress has been in power for so long, they would know how to bribe surely?
If the Congress really wanted to buy a few MPs, they should have looked at members of the smaller parties or the independents, they might have been even cheaper. And if the BJP did plant the cash, it was a silly move. Some of the MPs might actually think that they can make money out of this, call up the government, demand money and offer to abstain. The market rate for abstention is clear now. All cash-strapped MPs please call the free phone line to offer yourselves.
Rejoice. The bribes are getting cheaper!