“Small Bribes Are Ok…” BSP MLA Rambai

Bhopal : BSP legislator Rambai Govind Singh says that it is fine to take small amounts as bribes. Dismissing bribery as an everyday affair, even seemingly arguing that it’s inevitable if someone is lowly-paid. A BSP MLA from Madhya Pradesh was caught on camera allegedly defending bribery. MLA Rambai Singh was talking to some officials accused of taking bribes from villagers in Damoh district. She said, “It isn’t a problem if you took ₹500 or ₹1,000. See, that works like salt in the flour. But, you can’t snatch the entire Thali from them (villagers).”

Three days ago, a video of the Patheriya’s MLA had gone viral, where she is heard saying that bribery of “aate mein namak (salt in flour)” proportion is okay. In a TV interview on Thursday, in reaction to the video, she hurled a question: “Who doesn’t take (bribe).” She also seemed to be justifying her remark in view of the skyrocketing fuel prices.

Talking to a local TV channel, Rambai said, “It is not the question of my village. It is happening across Madhya Pradesh, and the country. Everybody knows about it. The government, administration, officials… who doesn’t take it?”

About three days ago, some people had approached her with a complaint of corruption in the PM Awas Scheme in Satua village of Damoh district.

About Bhaujan Samaj Party

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is a national level political party in India that was formed to represent Bahujans (literally means “people in majority”), referring to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes (OBC), along with religious minorities. According to Kanshi Ram, when he founded the party in 1984, the Bahujans comprised 85 percent of India’s population, but were divided into 6,000 different castes.

The party claims to be inspired by the philosophy of Gautama Buddha, B. R. Ambedkar, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Narayana Guru, Periyar E. V. Ramasamy and Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj. Kanshi Ram named his protégée, Mayawati, as his successor in 2001. The BSP has its main base in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where it was the second-largest party in the 2019 Indian general election with 19.3% of votes and in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections with over 22% of votes. Its election symbol is an elephant.


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