Report on Jaswant Singh’s money distribution sent to poll panel

April 1st, 2009 - 2:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Jaipur, April 1 (IANS) The administration of Rajasthan’s Barmer district has sent a preliminary report to the Election Commission on the distribution of money by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh, officials said Wednesday.
“We have sent a preliminary factual report to the Election Commission and will act as per the instructions of the commission,” Ravi Jain, district collector of Barmer, told IANS.

Jaswant Singh was Tuesday caught on camera distributing money during an election meeting in Gajaria village of Barmer, about 550 km from here.

The BJP leader’s son Manvendra Singh is fighting the Lok Sabha election from Barmer parliamentary constituency.

“The tehsildar (collector) of the area had filed a report of this incident,” said Jain.

Official sources said the administration has charged the BJP leader with three offences - money distribution, distribution of food packets and promise to install hand pumps - in its report to the Election Commission.

In the video clip telecast by news channels, Jaswant Singh and BJP national vice-president Kailash Meghwal were shown giving money to a woman at the Gajaria poll rally.

However, Jaswant Singh has denied allegations of violation of the model code of conduct.

“It is our tradition to help the poor and it cannot be termed as violation of the model code of conduct,” he said.

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