EXCLUSIVE STING: From Fixing 'political Programs' To 'booth Budget', Bihar Shiv Sena's Kaushalendra Sharma Reveals Dark Election Truths

Bihar Lok Sabha Elections

A few days after Republic Bharat's investigation exposed how politicians walk around with price tags on them under the 'Operation Bikau Sansad' ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Republic Bharat's team carried out another sting on local political leaders of four parties, revealing their 'vote-fixing' tactics.

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Updated On:

A few days after Republic Bharat's investigation exposed how politicians walk around with price tags on them under the 'Operation Bikau Sansad' ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Republic Bharat's team carried out another sting on local political leaders of four parties, revealing their 'vote-fixing' tactics.

Kaushalendra Sharma the Shiv Sena chief of Bihar was stung, who elaborated on how he can play around with things if money is involved. 

Putting a price on everything from campaigns to programs and promotional materials, with elections around the corner he further went on to elaborate the budget that came up to a whopping 50 lakh to a crore rupees.

Here is the list of things which the Shiv Sena leader from Bihar told Republic Bharat's reporter who carried out the sting operation:

Kaushalendra Sharma, Bihar Shiv Sena chief: The second thing is that there are a lot of expenses incurred for spreading the party's message, membership and bringing about a people's movement in a district.  

Reporter: How much?

Kaushalendra Sharma, Bihar Shiv Sena chief: If you organise a program for me, it will cost you around Rs. 2-3 lacs

Reporter: For one program?

Kaushalendra Sharma, Bihar Shiv Sena chief: Organise one program and see. If you organise a program involving a big leader like *******, you will have to spend around 3-4 lakh. 

Reporter: So, we would need to pay for all that?

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Kaushalendra Sharma, Bihar Shiv Sena chief: Yes, you will have to do everything. 

Kaushalendra Sharma, Bihar Shiv Sena chief: What we are doing first is creating a framework for it. The day you take the symbol and go for the nomination, it should look, in the least, that you did well. Similar to what BJP candidate does or the JDU candidate does. You will need to spend around 5 lakh that day. 

Reporter: Alright. 

Kaushalendra Sharma, Bihar Shiv Sena chief: If you bring along 1000 people, a lot of arrangements need to be made for them including their food, accommodation, transport and also the entire rally. The day you go to file nomination, we will come along and there's a possibility that others might come as well. All of this will cost around Rs. 5 lakh. The budget ranges between Rs. 3 to Rs. 5 lakh. 

Reporter: Okay, between three to five lakhs? 
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Kaushalendra Sharma, Bihar Shiv Sena chief: Yes, you'll have to open an office from that very day. Let me tell you about the office now. The land you get before polls through the election commission for office costs around rs. 10000 for 2000 square feet. During election time, you will get the same land for Rs. 20000. 

Reporter: Okay

Kaushalendra Sharma, Bihar Shiv Sena chief: Your workers, around 500 of them, will come and visit you with flags and banners on a daily basis. Food will need to be arranged for 500 people everyday - 2 meals in one day. I can't tell you the exact figure but the budget for 500 people in a day comes around to be approximately Rs. 10000. If this runs for 30 days, the budget for food will be around 3 lakh in a month. Apart from food, we'll need a separate budget for travel, pamphlets, promotional material, artists and those who will do nukkad drama. 

Kaushalendra Sharma, Bihar Shiv Sena chief: What budget do you have in mind for taking voters to the booth. What is your budget limit?

Reporter: What's the trend? How much will we have to pay?

Kaushalendra Sharma, Bihar Shiv Sena chief: Rs. 1000, 2000, some people even give Rs. 5000. 

Reporter: For one voter?

Kaushalendra Sharma, Bihar Shiv Sena chief: For one booth 

Reporter: Okay and how much per voter?

Kaushalendra Sharma, Bihar Shiv Sena chief: You don't have to pay per voter, it's a contract package.

Kaushalendra Sharma, Bihar Shiv Sena chief: If you take a lump sum amount, you should keep a figure of around Rs. 50 lakh to 1 crore. By paying this much, you can come into contention of being a winner, runner-up or third position. 

 

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