Kshetrajna

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Friday, February 24, 2006

A chance meeting with a prospective MLA candidate

Today evening while I was waiting at a photo studio for some photos to be printed, I struck up a brief but interesting conversation with the owner. He seemed to have quite a profound interest in politics and was even contemplating running in the upcoming state elections as a candidate of a national political party.

How much would it cost to contest? Somewhere in the range of Rupees Ten Lakhs!
Would the party help him with the funds? No, he would have to finance the run himself! Imagine an investment and a risk of this magnitude for a studio owner!
Wasn't there a limit to the spending? Oh, yes, all on paper, but flouted with impunity in practice.

Collecting my photos, I wished him all the best and bid him farewell.

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