A Bahujan Samaj Party lawmaker in Rajasthan on Thursday alleged in the state assembly that those who could pay money get party tickets to contest elections. Ranvir Singh Guda, one of the six BSP lawmakers in Rajasthan, made the remark during a panel discussion in the house.
"In our party, tickets are given in return for money. If a person gives more money, the ticket is given to them and if a third person offers more money, then the ticket is given to them," he alleged.
Mr Guda asked the question to one of the panellists of the session, Suhas Palshikar, an academician and political scientist, who chose not to answer, news agency PTI reported.
However, Deputy Leader of Opposition in Rajasthan and BJP leader Rajendra Rathore, who was also on the panel, said Mr Guda will have to seek an answer directly from BSP chief Mayawati.
Mr Guda may face strict disciplinary action for his remark.
In 2008, the lawmaker had led the BSP legislators merging with the Congress, which was in minority in the assembly.
The BSP lawmakers in Rajasthan are currently supporting the Congress government in the assembly, along with 12 independents.
This is not the first time disgruntled leaders have accused the BSP of accepting money in return for poll tickets. In 2016, former BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya had alleged Mayawati's party had become a "ticket-selling factory".
With inputs from PTI