Channel airs sting on `cash-for-vote` during Jharkhand RS poll

A private news channel tonight aired a sting operation claiming that some MLAs from Congress, BJP and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha in Jharkhand were willing to vote for a Rajya Sabha candidate in return for money.

Last Updated: Aug 02, 2010, 22:39 PM IST

New Delhi: A private news channel tonight
aired a sting operation claiming that some MLAs from Congress,
BJP and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha in Jharkhand were willing to
vote for a Rajya Sabha candidate in return for money.

The `expose` carried out by the news channel
in June purportedly showed certain MLAs demanding money to the
tune of over Rs one crore from reporters who posed as
middlemen and asked for votes for an RS candidate.

The investigation, carried for over a month, purportedly
showed that the MLAs entered into bargaining with the decoy
middlemen and some of them even demanded cars along with
money.

Elections to the Rajya Sabha seat was held recently. The
reporters met MLAs from Congress, BJP and JMM at different
hotels in Ranchi to finalise the deals.

The sting showed a Congress MLA purportedly telling the
reporters that he can arrange ten other MLAs to vote in favour
of the candidate and was willing to defy party diktat.

A JMM MLA allegedly assured the reporters that he will
arrange votes of four to five MLAs for the candidate and
demanded Rs one crore for each of them, it showed.

A BJP MLA purportedly demanded Rs 50 lakh and a car to
vote in favour of the candidate, according to the sting
operation.

PTI