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Rs 1.8 cr in cash seized from Arunachal CM's convoy, EC should file case against PM: Congress

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The on Wednesday alleged that a "cash for votes" scam was busted in with the recovery of Rs 1.8 crore in cash from Pema Khandu's convoy and asked the poll panel to register a case against as well as the and his deputy.

Accusing the BJP of using "money power" to woo voters in the northeast, said Rs 1.8 crore was allegedly recovered from the chief minister's convoy in around midnight, hours before was to address a rally there on Wednesday morning.

Khandu and his deputy should be immediately sacked, he said and also sought the termination of the candidature of Tapir Gao, the BJP's who has been fielded from the Arunachal West Lok Sabha constituency.

Surjewala showed two videos purportedly showing the cash being recovered in the presence of officials of the Election Commission, the local administration and the police.

The party did not vouch for the authenticity of the videos, saying they were available on It also claimed the raid was conducted after Youth workers complained to authorities in

There was no immediate comment available from the BJP or the EC on the recovery of the cash in a midnight operation.

Alleging a cash for votes scandal in Arunachal Pradesh, Surjewala said, "Facing imminent defeat, a desperate BJP is resorting to 'money power' in the northeast.

"A midnight raid on the convoy of BJP's CM Pema Khandu, Deputy CM and has found Rs 1.8 crore in stacks of hard cash that exposes the brazen corruption and poll violation, as PM holds a rally in Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh."

He said the party demands that a case be registered against the prime minister, and the deputy chief minister.

"Why is the sleeping and not taking action in the matter and not registered a case so far. Why is the case being hushed up?" he asked.

According to the Congress leader, the videos emerged on and showed the cash being counted by police officers in the presence of Election Commission's Deputy is heard talking in the video and stacks of cash are visible, he said.

"Was Rs 1.8 crore of hard cash being transferred for the rally of PM Modi in Pasighat today, personally in the CM's convoy and in the safe hands of BJP Where did such a large amount come from?" Surjewala asked.

Surjewala also asked whether this cash was reportedly transferred for Modi's morning rally in Pasighat.

"Isn't concealing and hoarding cash during an election a 'corrupt practice' and a serious violation of law under Section 123(1) of the Representation of the People Act 1951 and Section 171B of the IPC and a solid ground for termination of candidature?" he sought to know.

Surjewala alleged the BJP is trying to hush up the matter and sought to know whether the knew about the stacks of cash being "transferred".

"If yes, an FIR should be immediately filed against PM Narendra Modi, Arunachal CM and President Tapir Gao," he said.

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First Published: Wed, April 03 2019. 14:35 IST