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BJP in Kerala rocked after bribe allegations against its leaders

20 Juillet 2017

He said: "The media reports say that the BJP leaders themselves have admitted to some of its members have taken bribe to the tune of Rs. 5.6 crores".

Speaking to reporters in Kannur, Hassan said that the BJP state leadership had accepted bribes promising to procure MCI sanctions for five private medical colleges in the state.

Asianet New reported that a two-member probe committee appointed by Kerala BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan found that party leader, R S Vinod, state convener of BJP's cooperative cell, has confessed that he had taken Rs 5.60 crore from R Shaji, chairman of S R Educational and Charitable Trust, Varkala.

"What has come out is a widespread corruption involving state BJP leaders under the cover of BJP-led NDA government at the Centre", he alleged. "But what's being heard now has got nothing to do with our party", said Rajasekheran.

An internal probe ordered by Kerala BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan has left many red faces in the party over revelations of an alleged bribe being paid to a BJP leader in lieu of getting Medical Council of India's recognition for a private medical college in the state.

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BJP state leaders have started damage control exercise after the graft allegations against BJP leaders in the state has even disrupted the proceedings in Lok Sabha on Thursday. However an internal investigation is on and the party leadership will take all the necessary action if proved.

State BJP general secretary M.T. Ramesh, whose name figures in the report, denied any involvement in the medical college scam. Meanwhile, Vinod has rejected the findings in the inquiry report and said the controversy was aimed at destroying the political career of M T Ramesh. He also said that the probe must be conducted under the supervision of the court so as to avoid the influencing of the probe by BJP central leadership. Ramesh told reporters that the representatives of the Palakkad based medical college had met him once, but he turned down their request for using his political connections to ensure MCI approval to the medical college. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala too has demanded a CBI investigation.

Shaji however later realised that the money he had paid had not reached the MCI authorities.

However, Mr Vinod claimed he had given the said amount through money laundering to an intermediary, Satheesh Nair, who is based in New Delhi.

These findings and the leakage of reports are expected to result in a stormy session during the BJP core committee meeting which is scheduled to happen on Friday, July 21.

BJP in Kerala rocked after bribe allegations against its leaders