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SP MP Jaya Prada 'caught' inducing voters

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Mar 14, 2009 at 07:47pm IST

New Delhi: Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders probably can’t help tipping potential voters, and getting caught at it.

Actress-turned-politician Jaya Prada, the party’s MP from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, has been filmed giving money to potential voters in her constituency.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has filed a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging that Jaya Prada violated the model code of conduct for elections.

Jayaprada dismissed the BJP's complaint and said it smacked of "undignified political vendetta against a powerful rival" and no criticism could stop her from offering her respects at places of worship.

"I had gone to offer my respects at the Mazhar Baghdadi on Friday where Sajjadanasheen (manager of the mazhar) presented me prasad (holy offering) and I put some money in the golak (offering box) placed there for devotees," she said.

SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has replied to the Election Commission’s notice for allegedly inducing voters on Thursday. "It was just a tradition (of distributing money) we were following--it became an issue. I have given a reply to Election Commission," he said.

The commission sent a notice to the SP leader for alleged violation of the model code of conduct after TV channels showed him and his party workers giving money to people at a Holi celebration in his village Saifai in Etawah on Wednesday.

Film star and Congress MP Govinda, too, faces a probe by the Maharashtra state Election Commission after he allegedly doled out cash to some supporters during Holi celebrations. Govinda has submitted his reply to a notice for distributing cash outside his house on Holi.

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