NRI to contest for Lok Sabha election
The dramatic entry of a young NRI in the fray, amidst charges of 'cash-for-ticket', has turned the poll scene in naxalite-affected Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency into a war of words between major political players who are headed for a keen contest.
Forty-five-year old lawyer-turned-politician Madhu Goud, who is in the eye of a storm following allegations that he had bribed Congress leaders to secure a party ticket, is pitted against ruling TDP's Yusuf Ali, considered a lightweight in the constituency where Telangana sentiment is running high.
With help from a group of friends from America, Goud is handling the poll campaign, criss-crossing the constituency and conducting door-to-door campaign telling voters he is genuinely interested in serving people and improving the living conditions of farmers and weaker sections.
"Is it a crime for NRIs to contest elections? I have come up the hard way and I now want to settle down here and give back to society to which I owe my success," Goud told visiting PTI correspondent.
Rubbishing the charge that he had paid huge amounts to Congress leaders to secure party ticket, Goud, who migrated to the United States in 1989 and set up a law firm there, said "I am not a brother of Bill Gates to bribe so many people".
"Myself and my wife (an Endocrinologist) underwent severe hardship, faced financial problems and have come up very hard way. Do you think a person who had even skipped lunch to save money, to be able to help family members back home, can squander away his earnings in politics," he said.