Congress demands EC probe into Irom Sharmila's bribe allegations against BJP leader
For the first phase of Manipur polls, at least 215 candidates have filed their nomination papers from 38 constituencies.
The Congress on Wednesday filed a complaint with the Election Commission demanding an independent investigation into activist-turned-politician Irom Sharmila's claimed that she was approached for a BJP ticket from the state for the upcoming Manipur Assembly election 2017 in exchange of Rs 36 crore by party convenor Sur Vinod.
In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and other senior EC officials, the Congress asked the body to “collect entire material and evidence and prosecute persons found responsible for such offer of bribe for electoral purposes”.
On Tuesday, Sharmila had reiterated her allegations saying that Vinod had told her that the BJP had selected her to be a party candidate. “They put a condition requiring average 36 crores...they said if I have the sum, I needed to produce it and if not, it will come from Centre,” she alleged, according to NDTV. “He said he has already contacted BJP President Amit Shah in this matter.”
“They put a condition requiring average 36 crores...they said if I have the sum, I needed to produce it and if not, it will come from Centre,” Sharmila alleged. "He said he has already contacted BJP President Amit Shah in this matter.”
Soon after media carried the report, BJP leader Ram Madhav denied the Irom Sharmila's bribe allegations, saying that no party worker had “ever met her or offered that much money to her”. “Let me tell you, our entire Manipur campaign doesn’t cost that much,” he said. He added that new entrants to politics should “fight respectfully”.