We pay, you vote

Print edition : July 22, 2016

Unaccounted cash worth Rs.13.77 lakh seized by election officials from a motorist near Mamangam in Salem on March 28. Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

Cash totalling Rs. 2.85 crore seized by the Srirangam Tahsildar in Tiruchi on March 11. Photo: A. Muralitharan

Tribal women waiting for a leader with "aarti" at Chinna Iluppur in Pachamalai Hills in Tiruchi district on December 29, 2015. Women offering "aarti" are paid and the number of aarti plate-bearers has been increasing every election. Photo: A. Muralitharan

AIADMK supporters at an election campaign at Perambur in Chennai on April 19. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Over the years, Tamil Nadu’s politicians have refined the method of bribing voters. A close scrutiny of the May 2016 Assembly election by Frontline finds that the two major Dravidian parties distribute money in an organised, business-like fashion and in an atmosphere of mutual trust.

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