Video shows Rajasthan BJP MLA Shimla Bawri saying she gave money to journalists

Several journalists in Anupgarh confirmed to The Indian Express that they had received envelopes containing Rs 11,000 in cash from the MLA.

Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur | Updated: July 22, 2015 12:35 pm
Shimla Bawri, BJP MLA Shimla Bawri, BJP, Rajasthan BJP MLA, Shimla Bawri brie, Shimla Bawri money, Rajasthan journalists given money, 2013 Assembly polls A video screenshot showing Rajasthan BJP MLA Shimla Bawri purportedly saying she gave money to journalists before elections

A BJP MLA from Rajasthan has reportedly claimed that she sent ‘envelopes’ containing cash to all journalists in her constituency before the 2013 Assembly polls.

Anupgarh MLA Shimla Bawri reportedly made the revelation at a recent event organised by local journalists to honour her for facilitating allotment of plots of land for journalists in the district.


The video of her speech, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, shows the MLA saying she had sent “envelopes” containing cash to all journalists in the constituency. Three of the journalists returned the envelopes saying they would take the money from her after she won, she added. The MLA went on to lament the “fall” in standards of journalism.

When contacted, Bawri rubbished the allegations and said the video had been “edited” and doctored. She said she would raise the issue in the Assembly.

“This is rubbish. It is a false video. There is a small-time journalist who runs a two-page fortnightly newspaper and in the garb of that he harasses people,” Bawri said.

The video shows Bawri saying, “I am from a poor family…(but) when I contested elections… whatever I could manage, I sent in envelopes to all journalists in Gharsana, Anupgarh, Rawla. Out of these, three journalists returned the envelopes to my home, saying, ‘Madam, today we cannot accept this amount… when you win the elections… then we will ask you and you should give us then.’”

Several journalists in Anupgarh confirmed to The Indian Express that they had received envelopes containing Rs 11,000 in cash from the MLA.

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  1. Arup Ghosh
    Jul 22, 2015 at 12:09 pm
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      Jul 22, 2015 at 1:08 pm
      If the media wants to tarnish the MLA, they should also tarnish themselves for two reasons: a) Accepting the envelopes b) For rejecting the envelopes and saying they will accept after she has won. This indicates that those journalists will essentially take money from whoever wins. An honourable media should have returned the envelopes saying this is not required since they will only be bound to report the ground reality without prejudice/bias towards any party.
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        Common Indian
        Jul 22, 2015 at 12:16 pm
        Journalists are also part of the cosy club. Scratching each other's back is a god profession, it will get you money, plot of land and much more in the future. Fooling the public is an art, what has been mastered by our political masters. There days politicians are not ashamed or fearful because they have managed the risks well by dividing the booty. So enjoy XXL 56" will grow.
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          ASHOK KUMAR
          Jul 22, 2015 at 3:02 pm
          The money was sent by BJP Hqrs to all candidates. Some gave it to journalists and some kept with them.
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            Rajesh Pillai
            Jul 22, 2015 at 1:04 pm
            This is a old news. Journalists do take money for spreading false news. I have my own experience. Journalist are corrupt two - the fourth pillar of democracy can be corrupted just as the other 3 pillars.
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