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An FIR was today registered against Congress leader Girish Chodankar for allegedly defaming the BJP by accusing it of corrupt practices to form the present government in Goa on a complaint by the ruling party leaders. "The FIR under section 500 (punishment for defamation) and 501 (printing and engraving defamatory matter) of IPC was filed today by Panaji Police against Chodankar following complaint by BJP Goa unit president Vinay Tendulkar," Police Inspector Siddhanth Shirodkar told PTI. Tendulkar in his complaint has accused Chodankar, who is the All India Congress Committee secretary, of making a statement between March 15-16 at Congress House, claiming that "more than Rs 1,000 crore has changed hands in a bid to win over alliance partners." "Chodankar has also accused the BJP of stealing people's mandate by paying cash to lure and buy MLAs for government formation," the complaint, copy of which is with PTI, stated. The Congress leader addressing mediapersons on March 15 had accused BJP of paying around Rs 1,000 crore as a part of horse-trading to win the mandate. BJP led by Manohar Parrikar has formed alliance government comprising of Goa Forward Party, MGP and Independents though Congress had emerged as the single largest party after recently held Assembly election. When contacted Chodankar said, "I will make a statement in this regard tomorrow during a press conference.
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