Politics is no longer a purely self-sacrificing social service. A politician can earn even without resorting to any illegal or immoral methods. He can earn even while doing honest and sincere political work.
At the lower level the party worker is taken care of by the party set up or party leaders. It starts by spending for their expenses of food and travel ,occasional gifts etc. When such people rise up as booth agents,booth workers etc, they are compensated by the candidates and party. Once elected to panchayats, municipalities etc they get honorarium and other benefits. They get lifelong pension too. So it becomes a regular income.
From then on they are called for and looked upon common people as their saviour and trouble shooters. They are called for various occasions and events and their expenses are taken care of by those organisers and beneficiaries.
Most political leaders are accommodated in various committees, boards and what not.Common people do not know the extent and number of these. All these positions have compensation benefits. Once an MLA, or MP they are much more powerful. If power gets combined with a corrupt mind too, then there is no limit for making money. Riches come in both cash and kind and reciprocal benefits.
Ministers and MLA,MPs can appoint political secretaries and assistants. The government pays them and give them pension and other benefits too. In one term itself there are many hundreds of such appointments. Those who did not get seats in elections, failed or old politicians are accommodated as board members and chairpersons of various corporations and new ones are created. They get compensations equal to ministers.They have say and power in appointments. Job and academics sectors has thus been totally politicised.
It is just very common and innocent people who toil and moil for hours and years to make a small savings.
The crowd for getting a seat in elections even when one is sure to get defeated just shows how alluring a political career is. Once entered no one likes to leave. As the saying ' anyone will lick his honeyed hand". Politics is eternal,never drying thick honey.