A sting operation by India Today shows ministers open to orchestrating communal riots in Uttar Pradesh if they are paid. Ahead of the assembly elections, three leaders from the BJP, Samajwadi Party and Hindu Swabhiman Sangathan are caught on camera agreeing to spark violence in exchange for money—SP’s Hafiz Mohammed Irfan asked for ₹5 lakhs.
Undercover journalists, posing as filmmakers, attempt to disrupt a fictitious documentary film that tells the story of how Lord Ram was not born in India. The first minister who cooperates for personal gain is Noida-based Parminder Arya from the Hindu Swabhiman Sangathan. He agrees to participate citing that his religious pride is hurt. He is also looking for publicity by staging an attack on the screening of the film. “Let us know whose clothes are to be torn. We’ll do that. Sometimes, boys go berserk. There are chances of people getting seriously injured in such situations,” he tells the scribes.
Second, BJP MLA from Muzaffarnagar Kapil Dev Agarwal first asks, “What’s on offer?” before saying, “But the price has to be right.”
Last Samajwadi Party’s Hafiz Mohammed Irfan is caught on camera demanding ₹5 lakhs to declare the film “anti-Muslim”.
The shocking investigation reveals the extent politicians will go to ahead of the state polls, to garner publicity and votes.