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Business finances slur on JD(U)

The state BJP has charged the ruling JD(U) of following in the steps of the RJD, claiming it sought financial support from traders and businessmen for the Lok Sabha elections.

Furnishing a letter written by JD(U) state unit general secretary Rabindra Singh, state BJP president Mangal Pandey said: “While chief minister Nitish Kumar and the JD(U) leadership cry hoarse that the BJP takes financial support from corporate houses during elections, the JD(U) itself is knocking on the doors of businessmen and traders for the same.”

The letter, written by JD(U) general secretary Rabindra Singh, reads: “On behalf of Bihar Pradesh Janata Dal(U), I am writing this to seek your financial support by cheque/draft for conducting our campaign for upcoming Lok Sabha elections, 2014.”

The letter was addressed to Tata Projects Limited, which has its project office in Patna. The BJP president said that apart from writing letters, the party has made phone calls to various traders and businessmen seeking financial support.

The JD(U) said there was nothing wrong in seeking funds from traders and businessmen during elections. JD(U) general secretary Rabindra Singh accepted the party had written letters seeking financial support for polls.

However, Singh said: “We have asked traders and businessmen to provide us funds through cheque or draft and there is nothing to hide.”

He said the JD(U) was transparent enough to disclose from where the party receives its funds and demanded that the BJP, too, should disclose from where it was receiving funds.

On the increase in voting percentage in two phases of elections, the BJP’s state president said the high turnout meant people were fed up with price rise and inflation and wanted change.