A video of the public function purportedly showing BJP MLA from Anupgarh in Sriganganagar district Shimla Bawri making the controversial statement on July 18 went viral on social networking sites. However, the MLA has said that she did not claim such things and that the video was doctored.

In the video, the MLA is seen claiming that she during the Assembly election campaign offered envelops to local journalists in Ravla, Ghadsana and Anupgarh but three scribes of Anupgarh returned the envelops saying they would take it only if she got elected as the MLA. She suggested the journalists to understand the value of their profession. The MLA was speaking at her felicitation programme held in Anupgarh on July 18.

Opposing the statement, local journalists submitted a memorandum, addressed to the Chief Minister and the Election Commission, to the district collector and sought action against the MLA.