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Arunachal Pradesh BJP president Tapir Gao
Arunachal Pradesh BJP president Tapir Gao|File image
ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Arunachal BJP chief says sex video ‘fake’, made to malign image

Tapir Gao calls video a political conspiracy hatched against him by people with vested interests; says content morphed and his voice dubbed

Damien Lepcha

Itanagar: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Tapir Gao has denied his presence in a sexually explicit video, calling it “fake”, at the party office in Itanagar on Tuesday. The video doing rounds on social media has gone viral.

Addressing media persons, Gao called the video a political conspiracy hatched against him by people with vested interests, and said that the content of the video was morphed and his voice was dubbed.

He clarified that the person in the video is not him, but a look alike. He called it a desperate attempt by nefarious elements to tarnish his and the BJP’s image, and to misguide the people.

“The party has already filed an FIR against those who were trying to blackmail me with the morphed and explicit video,” Gao said, while adding that he had received a pen drive from some anonymous person containing the same video clip in January after which the sender had blackmailed him to make the clip public.

“Even I was shocked to see the video as the person resembled my face. I have given the names of the people to police who called me asking for Rs 15 crore or give up the idea to contest the MP election. The state government has constituted a special investigation team to bust the conspiracy and I believe the team has so far identified three persons in this regard,” Gao said.

However, when had had denied giving in to the blackmailers, they started bargaining and came down to Rs 5 crore for a deal.

Expressing confidence in himself and his electoral prospects, the state BJP head said that such things are expected as election season is at its peak now. He requested the officer in-charge to immediately arrests the culprits who Goa belives are from Tezu. He also appealed the public to not believe such unverified content.

The BJP state chief is going to contest the Lok Sabha elections from the Arunachal East seat.

Election for the 60-member Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats in Arunachal will be held simultaneously on April 11.