Ayesha Shaikh, a Samajwadi Party candidate for the civic elections, was booked after a video of her allegedly distributing money among voters went viral on Tuesday. Shaikh (ward 140, Gautam Nagar-Shivaji Nagar in Govandi) is seen seated with some people, talking to them in Marathi. She allegedly pulls out bundles of currency notes from her purse, and is heard saying, “Take Rs. 1,500. Go home and come back to vote.” A muffler embossed with a cycle, SP’s symbol, is wrapped around her neck.
Taking cognisance, state election commission officials told Deonar police to register an FIR against her, a senior police officer told PTI. Police registered the case under section 171 B (bribery to induce voting) and other relevant sections of IPC.
Shaikh told TOI, “I don’t remember when this video was clandestinely shot. This must be old, much before the date for the BMC polls was announced. This is a conspiracy against my opponents who have smelt defeat in this ward.”
A two-time Congress corporator, she switched over to SP three years ago. An MIM legislator said, “This clearly shows a violation of the model code of conduct. The EC should investigate it and, if found guilty, she should be disqualified and barred from contesting.”