A private news channel tonight aired a sting operation claiming that some MLAs from Congress, BJP and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha in Jharkhand were willing to vote for a Rajya Sabha candidate in return for money.
The 'expose' carried out by the IBN Network and Cobrapost in June purportedly showed certain MLAs demanding money to the tune of over Rs one crore from reporters who posed as middlemen and asked for votes for an RS candidate.
The investigation, carried for over a month, purportedly showed that the MLAs entered into bargaining with the decoy middlemen and some of them even demanded cars along with money.
Elections to the Rajya Sabha seat was held recently. The reporters met MLAs from Congress, BJP and JMM at different hotels in Ranchi to finalise the deals.
The sting showed a Congress MLA purportedly telling the reporters that he can arrange ten other MLAs to vote in favour of the candidate and was willing to defy party diktat.
A JMM MLA allegedly assured the reporters that he will arrange votes of four to five MLAs for the candidate and demanded Rs one crore for each of them, it showed.
A BJP MLA purportedly demanded Rs 50 lakh and a car to vote in favour of the candidate, according to the sting operation.