Will give free pil­grim­age tour if you regis­ter as voter: Kadam

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - YOURSPACE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI: A video of Ram Kadam, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Ghatkopar, has sur­faced in which he can be seen of­fer­ing free pil­grim­age vis­its to the Tiru­pati tem­ple and meet­ings with Bol­ly­wood celebri­ties, among other things, to young­sters in re­turn for reg­is­ter­ing their names in the elec­toral list.

Kadam shared the video on his Twit­ter ac­count and tagged Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and the election com­mis­sion of In­dia, among oth­ers. His ob­jec­tive was to en­cour­age the youth to vote, he said in the video.

Kadam did not re­spond to HT’S calls or text mes­sages till the time of go­ing to press.

Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party MLA Ji­ten­dra Awhad, who also shared the video on Twit­ter, said “If so many of­fers are be­ing made only for reg­is­ter­ing as a voter, one can only as­sume what will be of­fered in ex­change for votes.”

Kadam, in the video, said, “I will ar­range vis­its for all my friends who want to watch movie shoot­ings and have com­pleted 18 years. I will help them meet Bol­ly­wood celebri­ties as well. I will take them on the pil­grim­age to Tiru­pati tem­ple...but you all are my young friends and will be given pri­or­ity. I will also ar­range train­ing to learn bike-rid­ing and car-driv­ing,” he said.

“My only ob­jec­tive is to en­cour­age and in­spire you. So, all those who regis­ter in the elec­toral list can in­form my of­fice and I will ar­range ev­ery­thing I have promised just now,” Kadam said.

The state BJP unit has re­fused to com­ment on the video. Madhav Bhan­dari, state BJP spokesper­son said, “I have not seen the video so it won’t be pos­si­ble for me to re­act to it.”

HTFILE

The BJP MLA did not re­spond to calls or texts till the time of go­ing to press.

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