Probe ‘Horse trading’, plunder of CDF funds by MLAs: Harsh

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Shadow Correspondent
Jammu, July09;
Expressing concern over the reported attempts of horse trading allurements and other corrupt practices by BJP to form govt in the state by hook or crook, the NPP today held massive protest outside State Vigilance organization seeking a high level probe into the alleged reports. The NPP activists led by Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP Chairman and Yash Paul Kundal State President Young Panthers today raised slogans against BJP and central govt for promoting a culture of corruption in the state. They further submitted a memorandum to Director Vigilance over the subject seeking early action in the matter.
With BJP known for its manipulative skills and machiavellian strategies to form govts through unethical means, the political landscape in J&K is agog with rumour mills, said Harsh Dev Singh. “Everyday there are reports in media besides social media of political parties especially the BJP trying to break MLAs of other parties through enticements, allurements and other corrupt practices. The loud public whispers suggest the BJP trying to lure MLAs of other parties by lucrative offers. While BJP is trying to break other parties, some of its own MLAs are hobnobbing with congress and other parties in pursuance of better prospects being offered to them and reportedly settling the terms with them. These BJP MLAs include those who were earlier congressmen but had ditched the party at the eleventh hour to take the benefit of Modi wave”, said Singh.
The BJP people have further been heard saying that with their own Speaker in chair, they would be able to circumvent anti-defection law in the state, rued Harsh. The matter being serious, the vigilante agencies in the state need to be immediately set in motion so as to nip the evil in the bud by aborting the ill conceived move of horse trading through legal action against politicians attempting formation of govt through backdoor, he maintained.
Addressing the media, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh revealed that the members of suspended Assembly were not entitled to exercise powers and privileges like in case of regular Assembly and as such could not release the CDF grants. “It is pertinent to mention that such grants are being withdrawn through a highly corrupt mechanism contemplated by the MLAs in collusion with the officers by getting the backdated estimates worth hundreds of crores prepared from various departments particularly RDD and PHE Deptts’, Harsh said. He said not only were the backdated estimates prepared but several officers had entertained backdated requisitions of MLAs for release of CDF grants.

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