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Freely flows liquor, money

punjab Updated: Jun 10, 2012 12:33 IST
HT Correspondent

Candidates for the municipal corporation (MC) polls are finding 'innovative' ways to hoodwink the administration and distribute liquor and money to woo voters.

An interesting ploy adopted by candidates is to use currency notes of Rs 10, 20 and 50 with specific serial numbers to allow persons to buy alcohol from liquor vends. Lest the person forgets whom he should vote for, stickers of the candidates on the liquor bottles will remind him.

The candidates have also employed some persons specifically to look into the distribution of liquor among voters and ensure that they are not 'influenced' by persons from other political parties.

However, unlike the assembly elections before which the police along with the excise department had been able to check the use of liquor by political parties to woo voters, there seems to be no such urgency or inclination now by the administration.

Barring the Bhargo Camp police seizing 14 cases of liquor, which was allegedly to be used to lure voters, on Friday, no major recovery has been made.

Women want Rooh Afzah

Women in some areas are reportedly demanding soft drink Rooh Afzah from candidates. Their argument: if candidates can offer liquor to men for votes, women should also get something. Candidates are also reportedly distributing the drink among women voters.