Just 10 crores?

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.

Just 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 Am I horribly out of date, or has the rupee actually appreciated that much.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!

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  1. anon265

    i am not surprised at all. not shocked either. just a little bit sad. just when you hope that things are somehow better. i guess i am not going to live to see a better day.

  2. gaurav

    How did they even carry all that money into the parliament??? It sounds very fishy to me. The poor left parties must be so upset, they’re such losers, that nobody even tries to bribe them. They’re not honest even when you bribe them!!!

  3. I am happy to announce that even an MLA in Tamil Nadu Assembly commands more.

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  4. game n fame… thatz reason.

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  5. The BJP hasn’t issued a whip. Methinks if it had, the premium would have shot up.

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  6. kudos to chidambaram saar for bringing down the price of atleast something. With such high inflation atleast the MPs are setting an example by lowering their prices…

  7. Where are we headed. With a global recession, how do we showcase to the world that we are growing at 9 % ?

    Of course, by talking about 9 crores ! ;)

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  8. And the working assumption is that the opposition guys are all descendants of Raja Harishchandra?

    But whatever, makes for fun posts ;-)

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  9. The bribes were allegedly offered by the Samajwadis. Being a regional show they may have less to dole out than the Congress, no? And also less finesse in the these matters?

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  10. Neha.. it was rightly said yesterday.
    FM suceeded in doing one thing – even in the highly turbid times India is going through during Inflation, he did wonders with teh asking price for teh MPs. Who on earth can believe that COngress/SP would offer JUST 3 cr for an MLA and the BJP ones would fall for it. Very possible that it was indeed Advani’s mem who planted the bribe case and then asked the MLAs to take it too. Imagine: So much of media frenzy would be around Amar SIngh’s house and they said that they went to his home in the morning. Wah – media was sleeping then not to report that 3 BJP MPs march to Amar Singh’s house? :P

    I dont think we would ever see BJP/UNPA back in power and UPA should do well under manmohan and Rahul Gandhi n the new feathers in cap like Laloo :D
    Heard the Speech by Omar Abdullah? He was the man of the evening to make that awesome speech and he says it was a mistake to be with the NDA. Well, anyone in right minds with the debate about N Deal would say that Doc is right with taking the N Deal ahead :)

    Am happy that Manmohan SIngh won and that speech by him – especially the first para where he advised Advani to change astrologers – simply superb! :D

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  11. Neha,

    This new plugin to show the last post of the person commenting probably looked a good idea when you first came across it. I must say, it is failure on implementation. Clutters the comment space too much.

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  13. arre…u think they got only 3 crores? they only showed 3 crores in the parliament, that ways they get to keep the rest of the money and their face too …… i m sure they must’ve got 10-15 crores…so now the remainder is theirs forever ;)

  14. the techniques of bribery would be perfected but so would be the art of stinging :)

    and yes, 3 crores is very less but the reason for this is, as you might have read now, UPA + allies already had the required majority by the time these MPs approached.. As a ‘good gesture’ they were offered 3 crores :D

  15. did the guys take the money and still show up to vote? That is unscruplous! and pathetic as an attention-getting device too…

  16. Am just annoyed they won’t show the tapes. What’s the point if there’s no entertainment to follow!?!

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