Karimnagar: A retired RTC employee in Kothapalli municipality of the district put up a board outside his house with a notice stating ‘maa votlu ammabadavu’ (our votes not for sale), taking the locals and politicians by surprise in the ward number 5 of the newly-formed urban local body.
Giving a clear message to political leaders, who are trying to lure the voters with cocktail dinners and money to induce them in the municipal polls, Pittala Ramaswamy put up the board in front of his house to keep politicians away from his house. Ramaswamy, with having ten votes in his family, never accepted perks and money offered by politicians.
Speaking to Telangana Today, he opined that people lose their right to question public representatives if they accept money or liquor to exercise their franchise. Honest voters can rightfully confront their councillors or MLAs about the lack of development or other issues.
When asked about the placard in front of his house, Ramaswamy informed that contesting candidate of a political party offered some money to his caste association to get the total votes of the community in favour of him. But, he denied the proposal and advised the community elders not to accept it but in vain. Disappointed by our community’s decision, I had to put up a note regarding the no acceptance of induces for our family votes, he explained.
Ramaswamy, who retired in the cadre of controller in RTC in September, 2013, is working as an autorickshaw driver to meet the needs of his family. meanwhile, taking a step ahead, another person from the same village Balaiah, a laundry shop owner, also displayed a flexi warning the politicians of lodging complaint with police if anybody tries to offer money to him for his vote.