Weeks ahead of the Lok Sabha polls with an estimated 900 million voters, an explosive sting by Republic Bharat has revealed how money is dictating the democracy of the country as elected politicians walk with a price-tag across parties, betraying the citizens who vote them into office.
In a series of on-camera sting operations, the Republic Bharat special investigation team has stung three sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) from BJP, Congress and RLSP, revealing a disgraceful and condemnable attempts by the elected representatives to further their own ends.
The sting operation brought to the electorate 3 MPs from 3 different parties in 3 states (Bihar, UP, Punjab) with one common takeaway: admissions on hidden camera about a hefty price list for favours and votes in election season.
Harinarayan Rajbhar, a BJP neta who was voted to power from Ghosi in Uttar Pradesh, after initial reluctance went on to unwrap some explosive details. Wary of a crackdown, he sought favours in-kind from the Republic Bharat reporter instead of asking for cash directly.
Here are the five key pointers from the sting:
Harinarayan Rajbhar, BJP MP said, "I contested the 2014 General Elections. There were a few who spent around Rs 5-6 crores but couldn't win. I spent only Rs 85 lakhs & I won the seat."
(2014 mein bhi mein chunav lada hu. Log 5-6 crore rupaya kharcha karke sab peeche rahe, aur neub 85 lakh rupaya mein chunao jeet gaya.)
After the Republic Bharat reporter asked for 'his cut'
He responded, "Look when we win elections with your support, your work will be prioritised. After that it is only going to benefit the both of us."
(Dekhiye aisa hai, apke vajahse, apke saiyog se apka jitna karya hoga pehele apka karenge.Uske baad hum dono ka hith hoga.)
The BJP MP said, "No no.. You're role is perfect. Why do we need cash? We need is promotion of campaigns, travel, petrol expenses. These are the things where we could use help. Are you understanding what I'm saying?"
(Nahi, nahi...Apka role theek hai. Uski kya jarurat hai. Samay prachar, prasar, gaadi godha, petrol. Ye hi chunao mein madhyam banta hai. Samjh rahe hai na?)
The sitting-MP shed some light on the murmurs of the dirty ongoings in politics, where even votes have a price-tag.
He said, "However there are situations when we need money to buy votes. Money is distributed. So we will see what the situation demands."
(Ab yehi baat hai ki iss jamane mein paisa bata jata hai. Toh paristati hum dekh lenge.)
Along with the additional favours, when Republic Bharat reporter reiterated that the support will be in the form of cash, Rajbhar did not decline the offer.
He said, "If you're safe then I'll be safe too. There are no such restrictions. We just need your support. Whichever form of support you're comfortable with"
(Agar aap safe rahe toh mein bhi. Toh uss mein koi bandhan nahi hai ki vohi chahiye, baas saiyog chahiye. Vahi toh, aap jaise madat karna chahe vaise kariye)