Ex-AAP MLA offers cash, booze

In pre-LS polls sting video

Ex-AAP MLA offers cash, booze

In a move to embarrass the Aam Aadmi Party, a group of its rebels has come out with a video claiming that it shows former party MLA Madan Lal offering money and liquor to lure people into attending party chief Arvind Kejriwal’s rally ahead of the Lok Sabha polls last year. Madan Lal, however, has denied any wrongdoing.

The video, in possession of Deccan Herald, purportedly shows a conversation in Hindi between Madan Lal and his lawyer son and a party worker, who supposedly shot the sting.

“Tell me, how will they come? Money will be given. There is plenty to eat and drink. Will look for a place in our Assembly constituency tomorrow. Tell them to drink freely,” says Lal, who is the AAP candidate from Kasturba Nagar constituency in the February 7 Assembly polls.

“Bhai! 6-6 lakh, 8-8 lakh toh ek rally ka kharcha hai (organising a rally costs Rs 6-8 lakhs),” the legislator’s son says.

AAP Volunteers Action Manch (AVAM), a breakaway faction of AAP, said the purported video was shot by one of their members, whose identity they didn’t reveal.

The person who is behind the sting offered to turn in around a hundred supporters if Lal agreed to distribute liquor. “For victory, money has to be spent freely,” Lal allegedly says, while giving the person a go ahead.

When reached over phone, Lal denied having had such a conversation and said the video was doctored. “Such a video can’t be in existence. Me and my son could never have sat and talked like this,” he said.

The AAP leader said, “We never offered any money. In fact, we face a fund crunch. The people who are circulating such a video must be either a ticket-seeker or someone from the opposition party.”

Days before the AAP government quit from power in Delhi in February 2014, the former legislator had shot into prominence by alleging that he had been offered Rs 20 crore by the BJP to split his party and pull down the then AAP government.

He had also claimed that a BJP leader had approached a day before the result of the December 2013 Assembly polls was announced.

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