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'Raina's threat to seek narco test political gimmick'
Leh 'bribery' case
5/10/2019 11:48:01 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, May 10: Bharatiya Janata Party leaders making an attempt to bribe journalists in Leh after addressing a news conference in a local hotel earlier this month has snowballed into a major controversy.
Police have registered a FIR on the directions of Chief Judicial Magistrate Leh against the BJP leaders, including the party's state president Ravinder Raina and its Leh incharge, Vikram Randhawa, and investigations have been taken up.
An analyst while talking to Early Times said that alleged attempt of the BJP leaders to handover envelope carrying cash to the scribes has hurt the the journalist fraternity in Leh as they termed it as an attempt to undermine their integrity. "These scribes by exposing the rot have proved that BJP leaders cannot buy everything," he added.
It's in place to mention here that BJP has been facing an uphill task in Leh since the day its sitting Member Parliament Thupstan Chhewang tendered his resignation in 2018. He had walked out from the party for what he termed as BJP's failure to fulfill the promises it had made to the people during 2014 election campaign. "It seems that BJP has sensed defeat in Leh and it made a last ditch attempt to mobilize the public opinion in the favour of the party by making an attempt to bribe the scribes," the analyst added.
He said that reporters in Leh making the "cash envelope" episode public has left the BJP leaders red faced. "Had these scribed accepted these packets, BJP leaders could have easily black mailed them and they (scribes) would have been left with no other option other than to follow the dictations of the BJP leaders," the analyst added.
A senior journalist said that press fraternity of Leh has made the entire journalist fraternity proud by siding with the truth and exposing the politicians, who believe that they can get away with anything. "Police filing a FIR against two top BJP leaders is a huge embarrassment for the saffron party that too in the midst of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. BJP leaders issuing denials and threatening to move the court are just facing saving measures and nothing else," the journalist added.
Referring to the recent statement of BJP's state chief Ravinder Raina that he would move the court to seek "narco test" of the scribes and the BJP leaders, including him, the senior journalist said that it is nothing but a mere political gimmick. "BJP leaders should stop intimidating the journalists in Leh and allow the law to take its own course as the investigations would prove who is right and who is wrong," he added.
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