Surjewala Alleges that BJP Influence the Voters by Distributing Cash
Guwahati: Congress Spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala on Wednesday morning alleged that BJP has distributed money in Arunachal Pradesh among the people ahead of the Prime Minister's rally in a bid to influence them to vote for the party.
The press conference has been called after a cash of Rs. 1.8 crores have been recovered from some vehicles in Arunachal Pradesh late on Tuesday night. Surjewala has addressed the press conference at New Delhi ahead of the Prime Minister's rally at Pasighat today and said that the BJP has influenced the voters by distributing cash.
Moreover, the chief electoral officer of Arunachal Pradesh, Kaling Tayeng had accepted that the money has been recovered but said that there were no further details of it yet. Tayeng said that it is true that a cash of Rs. 1.8 crores have been recovered from some vehicles but they don't have the exact details of it yet.
Tayeng further said that as the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of police are busy with the Prime Minister's rally in Pasighat, they have not been informed about the recovery of the money adding that a clearer picture will be available once the report is available by late afternoon on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Surjewala showed the two videos during the press conference, the authenticity of which has not been verified yet alleged that the money was recovered at around 10.30 pm on Tuesday night from the convoy of Arunachal Pradesh's Chief Minister Pema Khandu.
It has been seen in the video that the money has been removed from a car and also shows the registration plates of two cars apart from various police officers.
While playing the videos, Surjewala said that it has proved a massive vote scandal. The money was recovered from the Arunachal Pradesh CM's convoy following a midnight raid.
Surjewala further said that is was a black day for democracy as cash was transported in certain vehicles parked at the Siang guest house at Pasighat and after a complaint by the members of youth Congress five vehicles have been searched.
Informing the media, Surjewala said that the cash was being counted in the presence of expenditure officer of election commission Smrita Kaur Gill and Pasighat Deputy Commissioner Kinny Singh and various police officers after the raids.
Surjewala further questioned, "Was this a part of the Rs. 80 lakh crore black money which the Prime Minister promised to bring back within 100 days of assuming power?"
While citing the People's Representation Act, 1951, Surjewala said that a case should be registered against the Prime Minister, Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh as well as the state BJP chief.
The Congress Spokesperson also demanded immediate cancellation of the candidature of BJP and state party Chief Tapir Gao from West Arunachal seat.
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