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The seizure of Rs 1.8 crore from some vehicles in Arunachal Pradesh late on Tuesday night has set off a row after the Congress alleged that the money was found from cars linked to chief minister Pema Khandu and meant to bribe voters.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala exposed the “Cash for Votes” scandal, a time when Prime Minister Modi is holding a rally in Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh today.
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Surjewala shared a detailed press release, alleging the vehicles, from which the money was recovered, were part of the chief minister’s convoy. The cash, he said, was being transported in vehicles from the Siang guest house at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh.
Adding further, Congress Communications-In Charge said that the searches were carried out on the complaint of local Youth Congress members.
“Was this part of Rs 80 lakh crore black money that the PM promised to bring back within 100 days of assuming power?”
Arunachal’s top election officer Kaling Tayeng has confirmed the seizure but said that he hadn’t yet received a formal report from district officials.
“It is true that a cash amount of Rs 1.8 crore were recovered on Tuesday night from some vehicles. But we don’t have the exact details yet. Since the Deputy Commissioner and police superintendent of East Siang district are busy with the Prime Minister’s rally in Pasighat, they have not sent a report yet about the recovery. We would be able to get a clearer picture once the report is available by late afternoon.”
Congress’s has also put out the below video, alleging that the money was recovered around 10.30 pm on Tuesday night from Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Kandu’s convoy.
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The video shows how the money was being removed from a car and also the registration plates of two cars apart from various police officers can be clearly seen.
Having played the video, Surjewala said,
“The sensational disclosures and the two videos… prove a massive vote scandal… a midnight raid on a convoy of the Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu led to the recovery of Rs 180 lakh in 500 rupee notes.”
Calling it a black day for democracy, Surjewala said,
“Cash was transported in certain vehicles parked at the Siang guest house at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh. Five vehicles were searched on the complaint of members of the Youth Congress.”
Raising questions regarding the origin of the recovered money, he asked whether the cash was to be used for the PM’s rally and to influence the people.
The Congress has cited the People’s Representation Act, 1951, and demanded that a case should be registered against the PM, the Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu and deputy chief minister as well as the state BJP chief Tapir Gao.