Haryana state cabinet minister Manish Grover has been caught on tape on Friday allegedly offering 'guns, money and gunmen' to voters while campaigning for a BJP candidate in civic body polls in Rohtak. The Haryana Election Commission has ordered an investigation against the minister.
He has been seen addressing the public saying, "Till the 16th, whatever you want , you will get without any doubt, whether you want a gun, gunman or money, we are ready to give it all. I fought my first election with me were these two guys. they are here. What wil I do now? It was the Congress government. I put it under his name... (inaudible)."
The matter has come under the Election Commission's scanner and it is looking into it. Assistant State Election Commissioner Parmal Singh said that that the commission has viewed the matter seriously. "It has come to the notice of this Commission that Manish Grover, Minister of State for Cooperation, allegedly offered guns, money and gunmen to the voters while campaigning for BJP candidate from ward number 10 of the Municipal Corporation using such words… is a violation of the Model Code of Conduct," it said.
The commission has asked the Deputy Commissioner to inquire into the matter and send a detailed report to the panel by 11 am on Sunday.
The minister refuted the charges, and said he was referring 'hathiyar' to the security provided by the government and that "paisa" was a reference to financial help to the woman candidate who belongs to a poor family.
Meanwhile, the state assembly elections for Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana were wrapped up on December 7. The results will be out on December 11.
The exit polls show a neck to neck battle between the Congress and the BJP in the Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh.The results are of special significance due to the Lok Sabha polls in 2019.