After a local Congress unit lodged a complaint with Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) authorities on Sunday, saying Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) functionary Nana Shiledar asked an aspiring party member for Rs2 lakh in exchange for a ticket to contest the polls, authorities have ordered an investigation into the alleged incident.
The complaint was lodged after a video — in which Shiledar is seen asking the aspirant to pay either by cash or cheque — went viral on social media on Saturday.
Officials from the corporation’s election branch said Congress members asked them to take action against Shiledar for violating the poll code of conduct.
The BJP’s local MLA, Devyani Pharande, however, said Shiledar sought the funds were meant for the party’s official use.
“We received a complaint from the Congress and have forwarded it to the branch dealing with violations of the poll code of conduct. Action will be taken if such a violation is discovered,” said an official from NMC’s election branch.
Officials from the State Election Commission said action will be taken at the local level and a report will be submitted to the commission if any action is initiated.