AAP workers not involved in cash distribution incident: Manish Sisodia
After the Aam Aadmi Party gave clean chit to its candidates in sting operation, it also lodged a police complaint alleging that some persons posing as the party`s volunteers were distributing cash.
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: After the Aam Aadmi Party gave clean chit to eight of its candidates accused of malpractice in a sting operation, it also lodged a police complaint alleging that some persons posing as the party`s volunteers were distributing cash along with AAP pamphlets.
According to police, senior party leaders and the AAP candidate for the Patparganj Assembly seat, Manish Sisodia, have complained that some unknown persons posing as AAP volunteers had last night been distributing cash in the IP Extension area of east Delhi.
In the complaint, Sisodia has said that the above was an attempt to malign AAP`s image. No AAP workers were involved in the incident, he further stated.
There were reports last evening of some AAP volunteers distributing cash amongst locals at a small public meeting in east Delhi. However, the alleged impostors fled after the news of their presence spread in the area.
Police said that no arrests have so far been made in the case.
Earlier on Sunday, the party accessed raw footage of the sting operation conducted by a web portal called `mediasarkar.com` from the Election Commission.
"I am proud that after reviewing the entire footage every candidate of the Aam Aadmi Party has come out clean and with honesty," AAP leader Yogendra Yadav told media.
Yadav also said that the CD was doctored and the statements of their candidates were taken out of context.
"This is fraud. This is doctoring. This statement has been taken out of the context," he added.
Party leader Prashant Bhushan also urged the Election Commission (EC) to set regulation for broadcast of video footages.
"According to the guidelines of the Election Commission, a candidate of any party who wishes to advertise through radio or any other means, has to get a certification from the EC," he said.
"We told them that if a political party, with the help of its friendly channel, broadcasts such a CD that is clearly political in nature, and issued to defame a party or its leaders, shouldn`t they seek certification from the EC. In order to conduct free and fair elections, the EC can even direct the media to seek certification of such CDs of political nature before airing them," he added.
A controversial sting operation has alleged that several AAP leaders, at least eight of them, were contacted for their help in the recovery of money from individuals and getting land deals done, and they readily agreed to extend their support in return for donations in cash to the Aam Aadmi Party.