FIR against Kerala BJP chief for bribing rival to withdraw nomination in election

New Delhi: Kasaragod police on Monday registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Kerala BJP president K Surendran for allegedly bribing a rival candidate into withdrawing his nomination ahead of the April 6 assembly election.

K Sundara – who filed papers as a BSP candidate – has alleged he was given ₹ 2.5 lakh by the BJP to withdraw from the race for the Manjeswaram constituency.

Police recorded Sundara’s statement, who claimed that he was abducted, detained and bribed.

A local court had directed the police to lodge an FIR in the matter, on a plea filed by CPM leader VV Ramesan.

Both Mr Sundara and Mr Surendran were among the candidates vying for the seat in the northern part of the state that was eventually won by the Indian Union Muslim League’s AKM Ashraf.

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