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Give gifts to voters to increase contact: Patil to BJP cadres

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Senior BJP and has advised the party workers to visit houses of voters and give them gifts in order to increase contact with them, drawing flak from the opposition.

The revenue was addressing BJP workers in Sangli in western yesterday. Election to Sangli Miraj is due be held in four months.

"Booths have been formed. In the next 15 days, party workers should go to the houses of at least 200 people to increase contact with them. Party workers should meet the voters and give gifts to them," Patil, who is considered number two in the Devendra Fadnavis Cabinet, said.

Latching onto the minister's remarks, the opposition slammed the ruling dispensation, accusing it of using wrong ways to woo voters.

of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde claimed that in a way had accepted that the BJP, in the past three years, won elections through money power.

"The is corrupt. They have used their ill-gotten money to win elections in the last three years. Patil's comments are nothing but an acceptance of the government's corruption," the NCP alleged.

Munde said it was "shameful" that the BJP openly supported bribing people and demanded an inquiry into the funds received by the saffron party.

Pradesh Congress Committee alleged that Patil's comments had made a "mockery" of democracy and revealed the "true face" of the BJP.

"Such incidents (of bribing) are bound to increase in the coming days as the popularity of the party decreases among people. His comments are condemnable," Sawant said.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 19:25 IST