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BJP’s CD heat on Cong

Itanagar, April 7: The Arunachal Pradesh unit of the BJP today claimed that it has “audio” proof of chief minister Nabam Tuki indulging in election malpractices.

Brandishing an audio CD which reportedly contains recorded conversations of “chief minister, officers and senior party leaders of the Congress”, state BJP president Tai Tagak claimed that it was proof of “how the Congress party is killing democracy in the state”.

Speaking to reporters at the party office in Itanagar, Tagak did not specify how the party came to be in possession of the CD, but claimed that the Congress was able to secure 11 uncontested Assembly seats before the April 9 elections because the BJP candidates were made to withdraw their nominations through unfair means which are recorded in the audio CD.

Demanding a CBI inquiry into the matter and to have the audio CD forensically tested, the BJP has registered a complaint with the chief electoral officer.

Reacting to the allegations, Arunachal PCC vice-president Padi Hinda dismissed the state BJP president’s remarks as “wild, baseless and unauthenticated”. Hinda denied claims that the chief minister’s motorcade is exempted from inspection and said the “allegations have been levelled at the end of the campaign period to send a wrong message about the Congress”.

“The BJP is exhausted and should refrain from (making) such wild allegations.”

While the BJP placed its grievances against the Congress to the chief electoral officer, it also blamed the “flying squads and static surveillance teams” which have been assigned to inspect vehicles. It said this amounts to violation of model code of conduct.

In a separate complaint registered with the chief electoral officer, the BJP claimed that the chief minister and the Arunachal PCC president are not subjected to surveillance thereby facilitating huge amount of cash flow to different parts of the state.

Tagak claimed that vehicles of non-Congress persons are subjected to undergo severe inspections. He accused the Congress of transporting large sums of cash using vehicles assigned for election duty.

“Cash is withdrawn from banks in cities of neighbouring Assam like Lakhimpur and Tinsukia before they are brought to the chief minister’s bungalow here in Itanagar to be sent to the districts,” the BJP state president said.