Updated 7 Mar 2022, 12:24 pm
A fresh free and fair repoll has been demanded in four polling stations of Wangkhem Assembly constituency to "enable all concerned citizens to exercise their rights of Universal Adult Franchise in the larger interest of the general public".
A mass rigging of votes was carried out by Wangkhem AC BJP candidate with his armed workers under his supervision inside four polling stations within the jurisdiction of his home polling, Thoubal Haokha Kiyam, alleged Wangkhem MLA K Meghachandra.
In this regard, the MLA on Sunday submitted a representation to the CEO, Manipur, requesting the commission's office to initiate action against the BJP candidate by referring the CCTV surveillance footage as evidence for rigging votes and conducting a fresh repoll.
Speaking to the media after submitting the representation at the office of the CEO Manipur, Meghachandra who is the INC candidate of Wangkhem AC informed that the four polling stations are polling numbers 32/7; 32/8; 32/9 and 32/10.
“It is not the matter of winning an election or not. My concern is that the voters are not getting the rights to vote at their will which is guaranteed by the Indian Constitution,” he said.
Meghachandra alleged that the BJP candidate used muscle power in all the four polling stations in presence of the central and state security forces during the poll.
“All the polling agents of INC have personally witnessed them conducting proxy votes through unfair means with direct physical involvement of the BJP candidate inside the said polling stations,” continued the INC candidate.
Even if complaints are made to the security personnel on duty, they show their biased nature by standing in front of the ruling party, he added.
The CCTV surveillance cameras were purposely not activated in the said polling stations in conspiracy with the concerned authority with an intention to hide the video footages as evidence, he said, appealing to the authority concerned to conduct a fresh free and fair repoll in the four polling stations to enable all the concerned citizens to exercise their rights of Universal Adult Franchise in the larger interest of the general public.
First published:6 Mar 2022, 1:35 pm