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BS Number Wise: In Indian elections, the rich win the vote

Politicians own wealth that the people whose support they seek will take decades to earn

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BS Number Wise | Assembly elections | Association for Democratic Reforms

Sachin P Mampatta  |  Mumbai 

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Politicians fighting in Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Goa own wealth that the voters they are wooing probably won’t earn in a lifetime. Candidates who win in India are usually richer than their competitors are. It is a disparity troubling for equitable politics.

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First Published: Fri, March 04 2022. 11:14 IST