Ahead of mayor polls in Jaipur, horse trading audio clips go viral | Jaipur News

JAIPUR: A day before the mayoral election in the city, BJP candidate Kusum Yadav’s husband Ajay Yadav’s alleged audio clips on ‘horse-trading’ went viral.
Kusum is contesting for the mayor’s post in Heritage Municipal Corporation (HMC). In two audio clips, Yadav is heard talking to Congress worker and Kishanpole resident Akbar on horse trading.
The leaked clips revealed that Yadav has allegedly offered to give garbage collection contract for five years and three-times commission to all the councillors who support his wife for the top post.
The amount of money is not mentioned in the tapes and a figure of 25-25 can be heard. Congress councillor from Ward No. 42 Dashrath Singh, who registered a complaint with the ACB, accused councillors were offered Rs 25 lakh cash. “Money, chairmanship posts and car offers have been made to Congress councillors for cross-voting,” he said.
Congress seems to be in a comfortable position to form the board in Heritage Municipal Corporation (HMC) after eight independent candidates extended their support to the party on Wednesday. After securing 47 out of 100 seats, the party required 4 more seats for an absolute majority.The party now claims to have 55 candidates including independents to form the board.
Yadav in one of the audio clips could be heard requiring support of 4 to5 councillors. In the clips, names of Congress ward councillors Rohit Chavidiya and Sheram also surfaced.
Refuting the allegations Ajay Yadav said, “Congress is insecure that Muslim candidates will vote for Kusum Yadav as we have cordial relationship with all the councillors. All the allegations levelled against me are baseless. I did not speak with anyone over phone. Also, the voice in the clips is not mine.”
Congress cabinet minister Pratap Singh Khachriyawas said, “The BJP should come forward and give the voice samples for investigation. BJP has always indulged in such practices of luring public representatives. Congress will comfortably form a board in Jaipur heritage.”
After BJP had denied ticket to Yadav, she fought independently and emerged victorious. As the party was not left with many choices in absence of a prominent face, Yadav was fielded as a mayoral candidate from heritage city.

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