Congress asks Election Commission to probe bribery allegations against BJP by Hardik Patel

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A day after Hardik Patel made stunning allegations of being bribed by the BJP, the Congress on Thursday said the Election Commission should investigate the his allegations.

Hardik Patel

Hardik, in his press conference on Wednesday, had claimed that he was offered Rs 1,200 crore by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s Chief Principal Secretary K. Kailashnathan, when he was in jail.

The party also claimed that the BJP was on a ‘shopping spree’ to buy political support through money and muscle power. It also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who “never misses an opportunity to speak on mundane issues, must speak now”.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters, “The BJP is shamelessly indulging in alleged acts of bribery, horse trading, misuse of money and muscle power, coercion and threats… The Election Commission should investigate and publish the findings of this case.”

“BJP, which has become a sinking ship in Gujarat, is desperately clutching at the last straws to stay afloat. Revelations repeated by Hardik Patel yesterday reinforce our charge that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah are facing a complete whitewash in Gujarat,” he was quoted by IANS.

Gujarat goes to polls in two stages on 9 and 14 December. The counting will take place on 18 December. The BJP has governed the western Indian state for 22 years without any interruption.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was also the state’s chief minister for 12 years, will address more than 30 rallies between now and the assembly polls.

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