The Congress on Wednesday complained to the Election Commission over the allegations by Manipur's human rights crusader Irom Sharmila that BJP had offered her Rs 36 crore to contest elections, said reports.
Sharmila, who is contesting against three-time Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh from Thoubal constituency, had earlier this week said that a BJP leader had told her that contesting elections would cost her Rs 36 crore, which the Centre can provide her.
She had said that a local BJP leader had approached her after she broke16-year-long fast and made this offer. Sharmila ended her fast demanding repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act on August 9, 2016.
Since then, she has floated a political party - the People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance- and would contest Manipur assembly polls from Thoubal and Khurai constituencies.
The BJP, on its part, has rubbished the allegations and said that Sharmila should either prove her claims or face a defamation case.
BJP leader Ram Madhav termed Sharmila's allegation as an 'absolute lie', adding that the 'entire election campaign in Manipur doesn't cost that much'.