THE BJP is on the centre of one other storm over ballot funds in Kerala with an alliance chief within the state claiming that her occasion’s chief, a distinguished tribal face, had demanded Rs 10 crore from BJP state president Okay Surendran to return to the NDA earlier than the Meeting elections — and at last pocketed Rs 10 lakh.
The BJP is but to reply to the allegation levelled by Janathipathya Rashtriya Sabha (JRS) treasurer Praseetha Azhikode, with Surendran’s workplace saying he would launch a press release Thursday.
Praseetha has additionally launched an audio of a purported dialog over cellphone between her and Surendran which refers back to the alleged handover of Rs 10 lakh to JRS chief C Okay Janu.
“…let her come on (March) 6… I’ll hand it over personally, you come too…this cash dealing… through the elections, it’s not attainable to hold from right here to there,” a voice within the clip, which Praseetha claims is that of Surendran, is heard saying.
Janu has denied the allegation and threatened to provoke authorized motion towards her estranged occasion colleague.
It was on March 7 that Janu, who was as soon as the face of tribal agitations within the state, stated she had rejoined the NDA for the state polls on April 6.
Janu had floated JRS in 2016 and contested the Meeting elections that 12 months as an NDA ally earlier than leaving the alliance in 2018. She wished to hitch the CPI(M)-led LDF, however that transfer didn’t materialise.
The most recent allegation has left the BJP red-faced, particularly as a result of it comes at a time when a number of of its state leaders are being probed by Kerala Police in connection with the freeway theft of money totalling Rs 3.5 crore in Thrissur. Police suspect that the cash was a part of “unaccounted election funds”.
Praseetha, in the meantime, has dared Janu to face a probe into her monetary transactions. “There was unrest within the occasion over Janu,” she stated.
In accordance with her, Surendran wished Janu again within the NDA as she is a distinguished tribal chief. “Then Janu demanded Rs 10 crore, a submit with Cupboard rank within the Central Authorities and a seat to contest the Meeting elections. I used to be current alongside with Janu when she straight raised the calls for with Surendran in Kottayam in early March,’’ Praseetha alleged.
In accordance with Praseetha, she went to Thiruvananthapuram alongside with Janu to gather Rs 10 lakh on March 6, however was not current within the visitor home when the cash was handed over. By the way, Union Residence Minister Amit Shah reached Thiruvananthapuram late on March 6 to deal with a celebration occasion the subsequent day.
Denying the allegations, Janu stated: “I’ve nearer hyperlinks with BJP leaders than Praseetha and others in my occasion. Then, why ought to I search the help of a 3rd particular person? I don’t know whether or not she had pocketed cash on my behalf. A probe will reveal it.’’
Within the purported audio clip, Praseetha is heard saying the demand of Rs 10 crore was unrealistic and Janu wished Rs 10 lakh to settle just a few monetary points – and that it might be higher if she is paid straight by the BJP state president.