'Saddened' Sachin Pilot rejects Congress MLA's bribery allegations, vows legal action
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot has categorically rejected the allegations of MLA Giriraj Singh Malinga that the former Rajasthan Congress chief offered him money to switch sides. Pilot said that he was saddened but not surprised by the "vexatious" allegations levelled against him and vowed to take legal action.
"I'm saddened but not surprised to be at receiving end of such baseless, vexatious allegations being levelled against me," Pilot was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
"I'll be taking appropriate, strictest possible legal action against the MLA who was made to make the accusations. I'm sure more such concocted allegations will be thrown at me to cause aspersions on my image but I'll be unfettered and remain firm in my beliefs and convictions," the Congress rebel said.
The statement from Pilot came hours after Malinga claimed that the rebel leader had called him at his residence and offered money to join the BJP. The MLA said that he refused the offer and alerted CM Ashok Gehlot about Pilot's intentions.
"I had a talk with Sachinji. He offered me money to join the BJP, but I refused, saying I will not join the saffron party," Malinga, who quit the BSP to join the Congress, told reporters in Jaipur.
The former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA from Badi, along with five other legislators of the Mayawati-led party, was inducted into the Congress in September last year. The lawmakers had handed over affidavits to state Assembly Speaker CP Joshi to merge the legislative party with the Congress.
(With inputs from PTI)
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