As the largest democracy in the world goes to polls in a few weeks, Republic Bharat in a series of sting operations uncovered the elected MPs willing to put a price tag on their constituencies.
Republic Bharat's special investigation team stung Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) MP from Bihar's Sitamarhi constituency Ram Kumar Sharma on tape.
Following the explosive investigation, Republic TV's senior editor Prakash Singh confronted RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha who claimed to have summoned the stung MP but the baffled politician asked to see the tape before calling him a 'culprit'.
He said, "Send me the clip. I am waiting for the clip. I will answer once I see the clip. I called the MP to meet me as I am in Patna. I haven't seen the footage yet, send me a clip. I can't call him a culprit yet, have to check the clip first."
In the first sting operation, MP Ram Kumar Sharma was caught on camera demanding a huge sum of money in exchange for asking a question in the Parliament, moreover, he even boasted of how he could get work done without any hurdles.
The RLSP leader who initially denied was made to watch Republic Bharat's sting, which made his face go pale.
However, in many words, he continued to deny all his claims where he said that neither did he ask for money or accepted it. He also disowned his claim of knowing 25-30 bureaucrats with whom he deals with money. He also denied being a middleman to corporates and said he should be allowed to contest the Lok Sabha polls.
The MP then ran from one room to another room, and even one hotel room to another, as he tried to evade the confrontation from Prakash Singh. After Singh tells him his constitutional duties, he folds his hands asks if he can leave.
These are a series of impact minutes after Republic Bharat broadcasted the sting: