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BSP MLA caught demanding money to dislodge Uttarakhand govt

india Updated: Nov 24, 2014 15:24 IST
Prithviraj Singh

The Bahujan Samaj Party's (BSP) Uttarakhand unit will probe allegations against Sarbat Karim Ansari, its lone MLA from Haridwar, who was reportedly caught on camera saying he can bring down the Harish Rawat-led Congress government in the state for Rs 50 crore.

An alleged sting by a local television news channel shows Ansari's expressing his willingness to dislodge the Rawat government and saying he can manage to get Congress' alliance partner Progressive Democratic Front (PDF) to withdraw its support.

BSP state unit president CP Singh said his party will first like to hear what its MLA has to say in his defence over the sting operation and will take action only after the allegations against him are found true.

"He has informed me that he will put forth his views later on Monday. The party is waiting for what the MLA has to say in his defence. Action depends on his statement," said Singh.

"The issue will also be discussed with the state in-charge Ramachal Rajbhar in order to seek the central leadership's opinion," added Singh.

Singh, however, denied that the sting operation will dent the BSP's image among voters.

Speaking to reporters in Dehradun on Monday, Ansari did not deny the alleged sting operation and added he is ready to face any probe.

"This (aired) CD is 6 months old. This (telecast) has been made to tarnish my image. I am ready to face any probe," said Ansari.

The incident already has had a repercussion with Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party demanding an investigation into matter on the first day of winter session of Uttarakhand assembly.