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Cash for question controversy: Businessman Darshan Hiranandani reveals he used Mahua Moitra’s parliament account to target PM, Adani

However, Moitra strongly refutes Hiranandani’s claim saying the government had put a gun on his head 

Amid raging row over the cash for query involving the TMC MP Mahua Moitra, the Dubai based businessman Darshan Hiranandani in an affidavit on Thursday  made a startling revelations that Moitra had given him her parliament login id to frame questions on the Adani group, which she felt was the only way to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ‘’Ms Moitra drafted a few questions that she could raise in parliament. She shared with me her email ID as Member of Parliament, so that I could send her information and she could raise the questions in the parliament. I went along with her proposal,’’said Hiranandani.

Moitra may face a breach of privilege attracting a suspension order against her if  proved the allegation that she shared Darshan Hiranandani with her parliament login ID.

He further claimed that Moitra was a dominating and ambitious person who also made a number of demands for “various favours” which he met to retain her support. ‘’The demands that were made and favours that were asked included gifting Heer expensive luxury items, providing support on renovation of her officially allotted bungalow in Delhi, travel expenses, holidays apart from providing  secretarial and logistical help for her travels within India and to different parts of the world. I could ill afford to displease her. Many times I felt that she was taking undue advantage of me and pressuring me to do things I did not want to, but I had no choice, because of the aforementioned reasons,’’he said.

‘’Since the matter involves me directly and has snowballed into a political controversy with the Parliamentary Privilege Committee and the judiciary also now seized of the matter, I consider it incumbent upon me to state the facts, in public interest, through this sworn affidavit,’’he said.

Meanwhile, Moitra has strongly refuted Hiranandani’s claims alleging that the government put a gun to his head and threatened to shut his businesses. ‘’BJP wants to get me at any cost so they forced him to do this,’’ she said.

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