Manish Tewari says BJP threatening Congress MLAs, their families in Gujarat to vote in a 'particular manner'

Congress leader Manish Tewari on Saturday said that the BJP was threatening Congress MLAs and their families ahead of Rajya Sabha elections

IANS July 29, 2017 20:57:44 IST
Manish Tewari says BJP threatening Congress MLAs, their families in Gujarat to vote in a 'particular manner'

New Delhi: Congress leader Manish Tewari on Saturday said that the BJP was threatening Congress MLAs and their families ahead of Rajya Sabha elections and pressurising them to "vote in a particular manner" in Gujarat.

Manish Tewari says BJP threatening Congress MLAs their families in Gujarat to vote in a particular manner

File image of Manish Tewari. AFP

Accompanied by party leader Anand Sharma, Tewari gave a memorandum to the Election Commission saying: "Earlier they were threatening our MLAs and now they are threatening their families that if you (MLAs) did not vote in a particular manner (as the BJP tells them to vote) on 8 August, they should be ready to bear the consequences."

"You misuse the police and the government machinery. What kind of democracy is this?" Tewari asked.

He said that when the MLAs were taken to a "safe place", the Bharatiya Janata Party started threatening their families. "Such harassment and murder of democracy has never happened."

Since Thursday, six legislators of the Congress have resigned from the party and joined the BJP. To avoid poaching of its MLAs, the Congress has shifted its 44 MLAs from Gujarat to a private resort in Bengaluru.

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