Hardly had the furore over Operation Duryodhan by Cobrapost.com, in which 11 MPs were caught on tape taking bribes for asking questions in the Parliament, died down another sting operation by Star News channel is likely to create another storm in Parliament on Tuesday.
Operation Chakravyuh organised by two journalists Jamshed Khan and Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, both former tehelka.com journalists, has caught several big politicans off guard while demanding commission for getting work done or showing undue favour to an NGO, which had floated fake projects for developmental works in their respective constitutencies.
Amongst those who had been shown were Shakshi Maharaj and Paras Nath Yadav, Samajwadi Party MP from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh.
While Shakshi Maharaj wanted a commission of up to 45 per cent, Yadav even wrote a letter to a district magistrate which he withdrew later since he was not given the promised money. "You do not have the guts to leave Rs 50,000. Bring the rest of the money to get the letter," he is quoted a saying on the tape.
The expose promises to expose a former minister in the National Democratic Alliance and a Congress member as well.
"The team has been working on the sting for the last six months. One former NDA minister, one former chief minister of Goa, and five Members of Parliament have been caught on camera," Milind Khandekar of Star News told rediff.com.