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Cash-for-vote not unprecedented in Lok Sabha
July 24, 2008 18:05 IST
In the aftermath of the death of MG Ramachandran, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham had split between Jayalalitha and the late actor's wife Janaki.
Months later, when only a handful of members were present in the House, a backbencher of the Janaki faction, Thangaraj, sauntered into the House with a suitcase. Accompanied by members of his faction, Thangaraj rushed to the well of the House and opened the suit case to claim that a sum of Rs. five lakh was offered by the rival side to woo him back.
That instantly created a furore in the House and the then Speaker Balram Jakhar asked the member to handover the money to officials. The money was later handed over to the police, which transferred it to the treasury and filed a case. But nothing was heard of it later.
Unlike the prime time publicity that Tuesday's event got, this was a tame affair as there was no live telecast of the proceedings.
Three Bharatiya Janata Party MPs surprised the House on Tuesday when they opened a leather bag and took out bundles of currency claiming that a sum of Rs one crore was given to them as an advance of a bribe to vote for the ruling side.
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