Hours before the ongoing Prime Minister’s rally in Pasighat, two vehicles belonging to the convoy of the Arunachal Pradesh’s CM Pema Khandu was caught with cash amounting to 180 lakhs in 500 rupee notes. The Congress party, in a press conference, alleged that the BJP was indulging in cash for politics on the day of the rally.
Congress spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala, while briefing the press showed two videos related to the raid on Khandu’s convoy. In the video, the money being removed from one of the cars can be seen, along with the registration plates of two cars. Having played the videos, Surjewala said, ‘The sensational disclosure, and the two videos prove a massive vote scandal under the BJP in Arunachal Pradesh.’ He also stated that the cash was being counted in the presence of Election Commission’s Expenditure officer, Smrita Kaur Gill, and DC Pasighat, Kinny Singh, and various police officers immediately after the raids.
Citing the People’s Representation Act, 1951, he said that a case should be registered against the PM, Pema Khandu and deputy Chief Minister, as well as the State BJP chief Tapir Gao. He demanded the immediate sacking of the Arunachal Chief Minister as well as cancellation of the candidature of the BJP candidate and State party chief Tapir Gao from West Arunachal seat.
According to the reports being circulated on national media, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Kaling Tayeng has confirmed the recovery of the cash amounting to Rs 1.8 crore. However, the CEO said that the complete report of the recovery is yet to be submitted