November 11, 2006Aside

Sunday Levity: Campaign contributions 101

The champion of the underprivileged can champion the privileged too. For a fee.

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

No she’s not asking for gold, silver or diamonds. She’s just asking for cash. Those Americans are going round in circles speaking in euphemisms and political code. Mayawati has cut to the chase: give us the money so that we can all have a party.

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has her own inimitable ways to buy loyalty of her supporters — literally.

Each of the Brahmin societies set up in the 403 assembly constituencies of the state must shell out Rs 25,000 as gift towards my birthday, that is traditionally celebrated as fund-raising day for the party,” Mayawati told the large gathering.

And that will prove your loyalty towards the party,” she went on to add.

That it would be a straight quid pro quo was also clearly spelt out by her. Let me assure you that I do not believe in just using you as a vote bank. When I come to power I will see to it that you get an appropriate share in governance,” she made it loud and clear.

Without mincing words, she said, I am not asking you to give me gold, silver or diamonds. Just give us some cash so that we can run the party and take it ahead.”

As if giving an explanation, she said, After all when all other communities under the BSP umbrella voluntarily give donations to the party fund, why should Brahmins lag behind.” [Rediff]Wonder what the good folks at Nirvachan Sadan feel about this.

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