BJP seeks CBI probe into ‘horse trading’

DEHRADUN, June 16:
Rattled by reports that one more party MLA is likely to quit seat in favour of the ruling Congress in Uttarakhand, BJP today sought a CBI probe into the alleged horse trading.
“One MLA (Mandal) has already been bought and there are reports that another MLA is also being purchased by Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna…This is unfortunate that CM himself is trying to downgrade the demoracy…Horse trading is taking place in a big way…We want a CBI probe into it,” Leader of the Opposition in Uttarakhand Assembly Ajay Bhatt told a press conference here.
He said BJP has lodged a complaint with Governor Aziz Qureshi and the Election Commission on the “incidents of horse trading”.
Speculations are rife about BJP MLA from Ghansali, Bhim Lal Arya, will join Congress.
Bhatt said Arya could not be contacted since the past few days and it has raised doubts that he too was joining Congress.
“We also demand that the Congress government in our state should be immediately be dismissed as it is running on the money-power,” he said.
Bhatt also criticized Bahuguna for making a series of announcements despite the election code of conduct coming into effect in the state due to the July 8 bypoll at Sitarganj.
“We are also demanding from the election commission to reject the nomination of Bahuguna from Sitarganj for violating the election code of conduct,” he said.
He also produced Kishore Rai, Tagore Nagar gram pradhan in Sitarganj, before reporters who claimed the deal to vacate the Sitarganj seat was struck by PCC chief Yashpal Arya for money. (PTI)