New Delhi: Union Minister Giriraj Singh denied the Aam Aadmi Party’s allegation that he distributed money to gain votes, and claimed that he was just visiting the shop to buy a gold ring in Rithala area, not bribing voters. Also Read - BJP, TMC Lock Horns Over Jai Shri Ram Chants as Mamata Refuses to Address Netaji Event in Kolkata | Key Points
“I had just gone to the shop to buy some stuff. The shopkeeper is a known person. It has been done to raise an issue of Bihari vs non-Bihari,” said the Union Minister. Also Read - AAP MLA Somnath Bharti Sentenced to Two Years in Jail For Assaulting Security Staff at AIIMS
A controversy erupted earlier today when the AAP on late Friday alleged that several BJP MPs, including Singh, were involved in distributing money a day ahead of the 2020 Delhi Assembly Election. Also Read - Rift in BJP Ahead of Bengal Elections 2021, Workers Clash at Party Offices, Torch Vehicles
According to the ruling party, which had earlier speculated that BJP leaders would resort to such methods, alleged that the Begusarai Lok Sabha MP was caught red-handed ‘distributing money and liquor’ in Rithala, which violates the Model Code of Conduct set by the Election Commission.
Notably, Rithala, from where the AAP has fielded Mahinder Goyal, is the same constituency where Union Minister Anurag Thakur led a crowd into chanting slogans of ‘desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maro s****n ko’ (shoot the traitors who betray the country) last month.
The polling commenced at 8 AM and concluded at 6 PM with 54.2 per cent voter turnout.