Recovered 'document' proves BJP distributing money to win votes
TMC’s stand vindicated after blueprint reveals nearly Rs 8 lakh has been distributed by the saffron leaders in Dum Dum constituency
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress' claim that BJP leaders have been distributing money among the voters, gained considerable strength after Jyotipriya Mallick, a senior TMC leader from North 24-Parganas on Saturday produced a document which he argued, establishes a nexus between the BJP and CPI(M) leaders in Dum Dum.
The development comes a day before Dum Dum goes to poll on Sunday. Mallick made startling claims that he possessed an envelope with the name of CPI(M) MLA Manas Mukherjee on it which was recovered from Nager Bazar. The area falls under Dum Dum Parliamentary constituency. Mallick further alleged that they were also in possession of some other papers which mention how the BJP leaders have offered money to the local CPI(M) leaders in order to support BJP candidate Samik Bhattacharya. The envelope that carries the name of Mukherjee was found by a local hawker before it was handed over to the Trinamool Congress leaders from the area.
During a press conference, Mallick said the document mentions plans of how the money has been distributed among the CPI(M) leaders so that the votes go in favour of BJP. Mallick further alleged that one of the letters found under Dum Dum constituency gives a blueprint as to how the BJP would conduct operation in individual booths and which councillors have to be arrested in order to gain some more votes from their respective jurisdiction. It was also alleged that one of the papers said that nearly Rs 8 lakh was distributed by the BJP leaders in the area.
Mallick held senior BJP leader Mukul Roy for masterminding the whole plot. He also claimed that Roy held a meeting with a veteran CPI(M) leader of Dum Dum at a local guesthouse. Roy, however, said he had gone to attend a programme there at the guesthouse but its manager later confirmed to the TMC members that a meeting was actually held, Mallick stated. He also questioned as to how Roy managed to visit various places without being a voter of the state. The issue was later addressed by the Election Commission that has imposed restrictions on Roy's movement. The TMC alleged that Roy has been roaming around at various places to distribute money among the masses.
As alleged by Mallick, one of these controversial papers carry the
letterhead of a Left Party. It may be mentioned here that on earlier occasions, a huge amount of money was seized from the BJP leaders and their associates in the state.
The Election Commission and its various machineries have so far seized Rs 66.83 crore from the state since March 11, which is seven times higher than what had been collected during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.