RTI activist with Satta Panchayath Iyyakam(SPI) , Siva Elango who is a candidate of the Makkal Needhi Maiam has appealed to people to crowd fund his “Zero Budget” campaign. Elango is contesting elections from Tambaram assembly constituency.
Siva Elango said that contesting elections with public money for public office would lead to the candidate becoming more responsible. The RTI activist turned political leader told media persons that he has received 3 lakhs as seed money from friends and well wishers and fellow activists.
The MNM candidate also said that he got Rupees 3 lakh more from the public after his appeal for funding his election expenses.
Elango said that he was able to cover more areas of Tambaram constituency than his opponent candidates who had spent crores of rupees during electioneering.
The RTI activist was focusing more on digital campaigning and had communicated directly to the voters and answered the queries posted by the voters by interacting with the Resident welfare associations.
Siva Elango while speaking to IANS said, “Both the DMK led front and the AIADMK led front are spending crores of rupees during this elections and using common sense once can understand easily that the first priority of these candidates will be to recover the money they had spent. This would lead to corruption and more corruption. My aim is to weed this out by spending a minimum amount and campaigning for a transparent election.”