Raina reiterates filing defamation against PC Leh, suggests narco test

BJP leaders at a press conference at Jammu on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
BJP leaders at a press conference at Jammu on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

BJP denies allegations of scribes

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 8: While BJP leaders denied that they have tried to bribe the media of Ladakh by handing over the envelops with money to them during a party press conference in Leh on May 2, party State president, Ravinder Raina said that the leaders on whom the allegation has been made and members of Ladakh Press Club should undergo Narco test to ascertain the facts.
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Raina in an informal chat with media also reiterated that he will go for a defamation case against the Press Club of Ladakh for dragging his name in bribery case as same was not based on facts.
He said earlier his name was dragged by Press Club of Leh and when he threatened to file a defamation suit it was later withdrawn saying that his name has been included wrongly.
He however said that he stands by his resolve to file the defamation case against Press Club Leh.
Raina said the two senior journalists’ who were also present in the press conference termed the allegations totally baseless.
He said to ascertain the facts the BJP leaders and members of PC Leh should undergo a Narco test. He also made it clear that the party will hold a probe into the matter on its own level and being a disciplined organisation it will not hesitate in taking action against its own party men if found guilty.
Raina said however as per his knowledge and information the envelops given to media contain a written invitation for May 4 party programme which was to be addressed by Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitaraman.
He said had the media persons been paid the money during May 2 press meet why not the money was shown in CC TV footage. They did not talk at that time and also remained mum on May 3 when Congress organised a rally in the town. It was only next day that they created a hue and cry on the instigation of Congress leader turned journalist who had twice contested elections in past and was defeated by BJP candidate.
BJP general secretary, Dr Narinder Singh, Party MLC, Ch. Vikram Randhawa and party spokesman, Brig (retd) Anil Gupta later at a press conference also outright rejected the allegation that they paid money to journalists in Leh during a press conference on May 2.
They said that the envelops handed over to media persons were containing written invitation regarding the May 4 party programme which was to be addressed by Defence Minister, and nothing else. Terming it a conspiracy by opposition Congress against them, the BJP leaders said that had it been so they should have protested at then and there when the envelops were given to them.
BJP leaders in the press conference also expressed gratitude towards the voters of Ladakh region for bumper voting which has contributed in the strengthening of democracy in the State.