Pune: Refuting allegations of a political stunt, MNS candidate Deepak Paygude on Wednesday said that Punekars will not tolerate this culture of buying votes and will show such people defeat with their vote.
Paygude staged a sit-in agitation in the premises of the Samarth police station demanding Vishwajeet Kadam's arrest. Speaking to the media outside the police station, he said that MNS party workers had beaten up the Bharati Vidyapeeth employees, as their accomplices fled the scene with bags full of money.
Replying to questions raised by Kadam at his press conference, Paygude said, "MNS workers were angry and they took the three to the MNS office, since it was nearby after which they were taken to the police station."
Two of the people who beat up the three Bharati Vidyapeeth employees are said to be criminals, one of whom is Lahu Mane who has been externed by Police. To this, Paygude said, "There are about six to seven thousand party workers, who love Raj Thackeray work for the party. It is difficult to check the character of every person. I can not tell about these two, since I was not there when the entire incident happened." Paygude pointed out that these three and their accomplices were regulars at a particular hotel for the last few days, with CCTV footage available as proof.
Expressing confidence that he would win the election, Paygude said, "I am resorting to a sit-in agitation, the Mahatma Gandhi way, as advocated by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Senior police officials come to me every half an hour, pressurizing me to call off my sit-in agitation."