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‘Sting operation’ claims three Congress, one TMC candidate (Churchill Alemao) discuss bribes









A 'sting operation' claimed that Congress and TMC candidates in Goa indulged in horse-trading and discussed bribes. However, the Congress said the released video was 'doctored' and lodged a complaint with the Election Commission.

n a ‘sting operation’ aired by a news channel, it was alleged that Congress and TMC candidates in Goa indulged in horse-trading and discussed plans to change parties if need be post the election. They also allegedly spoke about business opportunities, benefits and crores of money.

Congress leaders Savio d’Silva, Avertano Furtado and Sankalp Amonkar and TMC’s Churchill Alemao were allegedly in the video concerned. The news channel has since taken the video down.


In a tweet, the Aam Aadmi Party wrote, “Shocking news! Congress and TMC MLA caught red-handed taking money for defecting to BJP if they win the election.”

'DOCTORED VIDEO': CONGRESS

However, the Congress rubbished these claims and stated that the Aam Aadmi Party and BJP were trying to ‘defame’ it using a ‘doctored video’ released during the 48-hour silence period before polling.

In an official statement, Goa Congress said, “A conspiracy has been hatched by BJP-AAP duo to defame the Congress and three of the party’s office-bearers. With malafide intention, through a news channel called 'Hindi Khabar', they have released a fake, distorted and doctored video during the 48 hour silent period. This is in violation of The Representation of People's Act.”

The statement adds, “They're trying to subvert democracy by attempting to interfere with free and fair elections. AICC in-charge Dinesh Gundu Rao, Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar and general secretary Sunil Kawthankar met with the chief electoral officer and have apprised him of the same and urged action against the channel and whoever is responsible for the doctored videos.”


EC TO PROBE

The Congress leaders registered their complaint with the chief electoral officer late at night as the situation developed. The chief electoral officer said the election commission was committed to providing a level-playing field to all. He added that an investigation has been ordered into the issue.


Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao said, “We have filed a complaint with the election commission against AAP. The AAP is trying to influence the polls by directly attacking our candidates. Both BJP and AAP state chiefs were present on the news show, their involvement is clear.”


Goa will vote on February 14. The votes will be counted on March 10.

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