BSP candidate alleges loot to escape paying to party

March 22nd, 2009 - 6:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Bahujan Samaj Party Bhopal, March 22 (IANS) A Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate from Madhya Pradesh made up a story of being looted to escape paying a hefty amount to his party senior in exchange for the ticket to contest the Lok Sabha election, the police said.
The BSP has denied the allegations.

Gayadin Ahirwar, the BSP candidate from Madhya Pradesh’s Tikamgarh constituency, on Friday lodged a complaint with the Tikamgarh police that two people posing as policemen looted him of Rs.3 million in cash.

But a day later, the police found that the story was fabricated as the ‘victim’ thought the loot angle would spare him from paying up to the party.

Ahirwar has confessed to the police that he cooked up the robbery story to spare himself from making the payment to the party for the poll ticket.

“Ahirwar on Saturday admitted that the loot report he lodged with the police was a false story. He alleged he was forced by the party to collect Rs.25 lakh (Rs.2.5 million) to retain his ticket and after failing in the attempt, he cooked up the false loot story,” said Superintentdent of Police (Raisen) K.C. Jain.

“Ahirwar revealed that he was under extreme pressure from the state party office and in absence of proper funds, he made up the story along with his driver Ramdin Chourasia.”

Both were interrogated separately. The driver told the police that Ahirwar was troubled by incessant phone calls from the party office and hence had hatched the conspiracy.

Ahirwar told the police that party supremo Mayawati and state in-charge Rajaram gave him the ticket, but state BSP secretary Hariram Ahirwar - who promised March 18 that he would arrange poll material, vehicles and workers in all eight assembly constituencies of the Tikamgarh Lok Sabha constituency - demanded Rs.2.5 million for poll management.

BSP State president Narmada Prasad Ahirwar denied the charges. “These are false allegations. The party has not made any demands. We are going to hold a meeting to discuss the steps to be taken on the issue.”

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