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Uttarakhand: Harish Rawat accused of horse-trading in fresh 'sting video'

News Agencies | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST

In fresh trouble for deposed Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat, a new sting video has surfaced which allegedly shows Congress MLA Madan Singh admitting to engaging in horse-trading.

"Your brother has this much guts to get money out of him (Harish Rawat). I have got them (Congress MLAs) the money and this conversation is between us. I have got the MLAs 25 lakh each. This was given just for the sake of kharcha paani (personal expenditure)," Singh can be seen saying in the video, released by Samachar Plus.

"The MLAs haven't demanded the money. I haven't taken a penny, you can ask Harish Rawat. I told him I won't take money, give it to poor MLAs. 12 MLAs were paid. I told Harish Rawat to give the money to the MLAs," he said.

Editor-in-chief of Samachar Plus, Umesh Kumar, who released the sting, said the new video is in continuation with the old sting that shows which legislator has received how much amount of money.

"They themselves are Harish Rawat supporters and they had Cabinet ranks. This sting proves that horse-trading is continuing in Uttarakhand and will counter Former Chief Minister Harish Rawat's claims that there is no horse trading going on in Uttarakhand," he added.

"Harish Rawat can go to any extent to save his chair, he is buying his own MLAs," said BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is camping in Uttarakhand.


First published: 8 May 2016, 4:43 IST