Just a few days after exposing the true nature of 'netas' through the #MPsOnSale sting, Republic Bharat's Special Investigation Team (SIT) carried out another sting operation on local leaders of four different parties, revealing how they act as 'vote fixers'.
One local leader from four different parties across the country, which have their bases in Bihar, were caught on camera openly demanding money to get different kind of things done, which includes managing booths and bringing in supporters.
First in the list to make some explosive revelations was Raghavendra Singh Kushwaha, General Secretary of Jan Adhikar Party (JAP), which is headed by Pappu Yadav. Right from saying how much money is needed to fight an elections to the relation between the budget and chances of victory, the local leader of JAP made some massive admissions.
Here are the list of things which he told Republic Bharat's reporter who carried out the sting operation:
Raghavendra Singh Kushwaha, JAP: If you are going to fight Lok Sabha elections and want to get a significant vote or even a marginal vote, you should be willing to spend at least Rs 3 crore.
Raghavendra Singh Kushwaha, JAP: It is then that you will be able to gain a sizeable voteshare. Let alone winning or losing a poll, you need to win 25000-50000 vote for in a Lok Sabha election for people to recognise that you fought an election.
Raghavendra Singh Kushwaha, JAP: In one particular assembly seat of a Lok Sabha constituency, you need to spend at least Rs 50 lakh - a minimum. The candidates that fight a neck-to-neck battle spends at least Rs 50 lakh on one assembly seat. If you calculate according to six assembly seats in one Lok Sabha seat - you need to spend around Rs 3 crore.
Raghavendra Singh Kushwaha, JAP: You take it as a given that an expenditure of more than Rs 50 lakh will be incurred in one assembly seat. You have to spend a crore. During election you have to spend this money, you also have to spend Rs 1 lakh before election from today till election.
Reporter: How much?
Raghavendra Singh Kushwaha, JAP: You can keep a target of around rupees 2 crore.
Reporter: Okay, so one crore from now till elections.
Raghavendra Singh Kushwaha, JAP: Till elections
Reporter: And the other crore
Raghavendra Singh Kushwaha, JAP: During election, another crore.
Reporter: What about the other one crore.
Raghavendra Singh Kushwaha, JAP: You start building a background for yourself there, people will start recognising you. Money will be spent when you go and meet people. And in case you organise a program with Pappu ji there, people will gather. Money will be spent there.
Reporter: Okay, so that means Rs one crore will need to be spent for the party.
Raghavendra Singh Kushwaha, JAP: If you spend this kind of money, be assured of victory. Otherwise, expect results according to your pocket expense.
Reporter: and how much does a ticket cost?
Raghavendra Singh Kushwaha, JAP: I already told you, right? If you have around 2 crore rupees, you will be in a strong position.
Reporter: So the ticket is included in this?
Raghavendra Singh Kushwaha, JAP: Yes, within this expense. The 1 crore I mentioned, everything is hidden in it.
Reporter: Pappu ji's amount is also included in this
Raghavendra Singh Kushwaha, JAP: Yes, pappu ji means the party itself.
Reporter: Okay okay.
Raghavendra Singh Kushwaha, JAP: People don't take names.