Manipur elections 2017: Irom Sharmila reiterates charge, says BJP offered money

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"She should find respectable ways of fighting elections".

She further said that many parties like AAP, BJP etc had contacted her when she announced that she's getting into politics.

In a media interview, Sharmila reportedly alleged that she was approached by BJP which offered her a sum of Rs 36 crore to campaign for the party in the upcoming polls. "He said the central leadership of the BJP will give me money, adding that he has already spoken to BJP president Amit Shah".

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"No BJP leader has ever met her or offered that much money to her. Let me tell you, our entire Manipur campaign does not cost that much", said senior BJP leader Ram Madhav.

The allegations of the activist - who is contesting against three-time Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh from Thoubal constituency - has triggered controversy, with the BJP demanding that she prove her claims or face a defamation case.

Chakraborty had even promised party's (BJP) support to her struggle. She also said she knew one of the two members. "It is totally a baseless allegation".

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"Let us see who wins - the people or the BJP-NSCN (IM) nexus. If not, BJP would be compelled to sue a legal proceeding against her", Bisworjit said. The minister was speaking at a political party meeting at the residence of Thounaojam Chaoba, the convener of the BJP Election Committee at Utlou in Bishnupur district.

On the other hand, Sharmila may have been bribed by BJP's rival party (Congress) to defame the party because BJP has a great prospect of capturing power in the state, he alleged.

"Who told her (Sharmila) and when? Congress might be behind it. Congress might have bribed her", Bisworjit said. She also declared that she wants to become the chief minister so that she could press for repeal of the contentious AFSPA.

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