I Don’t Need to Buy Votes, Says B M Farooq
Bengaluru: Political circles in the state, in the capital in particular, have been rocked over the past two days by reports that four legislators have placed demands for huge amounts in return for votes in the Rajya Sabha elections. The reports were based on a sting operation claimed to have been conducted by a TV channel.
In order to clear confusions and insinuations flying around, B M Farooq, the JD(S) candidate, has said that he had nothing to do the alleged sting operation and he was not involved in any undercover interview.
The only time he had spoken was with a woman interviewer called Hooja from Times Now TV channel, wherein he had spoken in front of the camera. He asserted that he had not done any monetary deal regarding the forthcoming elections and there was no need for him to do so.
Farooq further said that he had well-established business interests in different states, hence it was not his intention to have jumped into the poll fray for any monetary gain. His sole intention was to raise his voice in parliament over the problems and needs of the state.
He also said that his aim was to secure maximum support to the state from the Union government. The intention of JD(S) leaders H D Deve Gowda and H D Kumaraswamy was to field a competent local person and also from a minority community to represent the state.
Hence the party gave him an opportunity. He expressed full confidence about his victory. Hence he had not indulged in purchasing votes nor it was necessary for him.
He added that he had attained success in business by sheer hard work and personal efforts. He decided to serve the public sector and filed the nomination.
It was his belief that the Rajya Sabha should have representations of expert and experienced persons from different sectors.
The issues of national and state interests should be discussed by such persons. This idea had motivated him to enter the electoral field, he said.