Jamshedpur MP Ajoy Kumar (centre) shakes a leg during a poll rally in Galudih
JVM’s sitting MP Ajoy Kumar, at a news meet on Monday, alleged he had in his possession a CD that proves his political rival, BJP nominee Bidyut Baran Mahto, is corrupt.
Kumar said the charges against Bidyut Baran were related to a specific activity in 2010.
Going by this, it belongs to the time Bidyut Baran was an MLA with the JMM. The JMM turncoat joined the BJP as recently as on March 19, 2014, and was promptly given the prestigious Jamshedpur Lok Sabha ticket.
Kumar claimed the CD had footage of a “key witness” which indicts Bidyut Baran.
However, Kumar also added that he was getting the footage properly authenticated by a digital expert.
Only if proven that the CD is “not doctored”, would he submit the “evidence” before the CBI.
“I have already given the CD to an expert to establish whether it is or is not a cut-and-paste affair,” Kumar said.
Kumar, however, declined to name the person who delivered him the CD. He also did not hint if the person was from the BJP or JMM camps.
It is an open secret that Bidyut Baran would have enemies in both camps.
Many in the JMM are openly disgruntled over the way Bidyut Baran chose to defect to the BJP. Many in the BJP, especially workers, are smarting over the way a parachuting leader — “one who dropped from nowhere” — got a prestigious ticket over many veterans.
On what the JVM intends to do with its “charges” against Bidyut Baran, its central committee general secretary Abhay Singh said a delegation from their party would meet BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi when he reached Jamshedpur on Thursday.
Modi is supposed to address an election rally at Gopal Maidan in Bistupur.
“We are sending a letter to BJP state president Ravinder Rai and senior leader Arjun Munda for arranging an appointment with Modi. We want to ask Modi why his party has fielded a candidate who is allegedly corrupt. Modi, after all, talks about wiping out corruption from the country,” he said.
The incident is reminiscent from the audio CD “allegation bomb” that the BJP had dropped on JVM’s Kumar in the 2011 bypoll.
In it, apparently, there was a purported conversation between Kumar and a Naxalite commander.
However, though the audio CD dutifully made headlines, it made no dent in Kumar’s popularity. He went on to win a landslide victory, reducing BJP nominee Dineshanand Goswami to a poor second.
The audio CD case is still pending with the CID.