MC polls: Min­is­ter ac­cused of of­fer­ing money, guns to vot­ers

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTPUNJAB&HARYANA - Hardik Anand [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

Haryana min­is­ter of state for co­op­er­a­tion and Ro­htak MLA Man­ish Grover al­legedly of­fered guns, money and gun­men to the vot­ers while cam­paign­ing for a Bharatiya Janata Party can­di­date from ward 10, for the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion polls slated for De­cem­ber 16.

Dur­ing the cam­paign for Bharatiya Janata Party can­di­date Monu Devi in Pehrawar vil­lage, peo­ple com­plained to Grover that the ri­val can­di­date in the ward was flaunt­ing guns to in­still his fear among them.

How­ever, rather than as­sur­ing peo­ple to take law­ful ac­tion against the ri­val can­di­date, Grover re­port­edly of­fered them guns to save their lives.

“16 tareek ki shaam tak aapko koi kami nai aane dunga.. Ban­dook chaiye, gun­man chaiye, paisa chaiye, aur kuch chaiye to vo b dene ko taiyaar hun.. (I will make sure you peo­ple don’t fall short of any­thing till De­cem­ber 16. I am ready to pro­vide you guns, gun­men, money, or any­thing you want),” Grover re­port­edly said, amid loud cheers from the peo­ple.

When Hin­dus­tan Times reached out to the min­is­ter for his com­ments, he said that he did not mean to sup­ply il­le­gal weapons to peo­ple but only as­sured them of po­lice se­cu­rity.

“If they are be­ing threat­ened by some­one, I will pro­vide them po­lice se­cu­rity. I did not of­fer per­sonal gun­man or il­le­gal weapon to any­one,” Grover said.

On be­ing asked about of­fer­ing money, Grover said, “The money I talked about was only for the pur­pose of prepa­ra­tion for elec­tions and not any sort of bribe.”

The op­po­si­tion lead­ers slammed Grover for his speech and de­manded the state elec­tion com­mis­sion to im­me­di­ately pro­hibit him from cam­paign­ing fur­ther.

Congress leader and for­mer Ro­htak MLA Bharat Bhushan Ba­tra said Grover had a his­tory of mak­ing such speeches.

“What he said is against the code of con­duct and a case should be reg­is­tered against him. We will ap­proach the state elec­tion com­mis­sion to take ac­tion against him and de­bar him from cam­paign­ing fur­ther in any ward. He has crossed all lim­its,” he said.

I did not mean to sup­ply il­le­gal weapons to peo­ple but only as­sured them of po­lice se­cu­rity. If they are be­ing threat­ened by some­one, I will pro­vide them po­lice se­cu­rity.

MAN­ISH GROVER, Ro­htak MLA and Haryana min­is­ter of state for co­op­er­a­tion

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