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Rs 25L each to in-charges if booth polls more votes for BJP: Cong demands MP Minister's removal for remark

New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday demanded that Madhya Pradesh Minister Govind Singh Rajput be dismissed from government and be barred from contesting elections for his remarks that he will pay Rs 25 lakh each to in-charges if his booth polls more votes for the BJP than its opponent.

Citing an FIR filed on the directions of the Election Commission, senior Madhya Pradesh Congress president Shobha Oza also demanded action against senior BJP leader and candidate Kailash Vijayvargiya who has offered Rs 51,000 to booths where Congress does not get a single vote.

“The Model Code of Conduct is in place. But the BJP leaders who know that they are losing is continuously trying to woo voters and its workers through illegal means,” she told a press conference here.

She said she was thankful to the EC for registering a case against Singh after a party worker Sandeep Singh Baghel filed a complaint on the remarks by the Minister, whose video also she released.

“The BJP thinks they will win this election by distributing money and through corrupt practices. We appeal to the Governor that Rajput should be immediately dismissed from the Cabinet,” she said.

Besides barring candidates from contesting, she said there should also be an investigation into the assets of such leaders. She also sought Congress-turned-BJP leader Jyotiradiya Scindia to come clean on the issue when his party’s leaders are openly talking allegedly about buying votes.

Asked whether it was wrong to ignore party workers and choose BJP turncoats as candidates, she said the party has given tickets to those who have adopted Congress ideology and are popular among the public.

“Our workers understand that. Everyone knows that the elections are against corruption, mafia-raj and Shivraj Singh’s 18 years of misrule,” she said.

(Published 24 October 2023, 10:52 IST)

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