Updated 9 Mar 2022, 5:34 am
The issue of booth capturing and supporting of BJP candidates by blocking all EVM buttons except that of BJP candidates will reach Parliament and Chief Minister N Biren should be ashamed of such kind of cheap politics, said state Shiv Sena president M Tombi on Tuesday.
"If such kind of politics is not stopped then BJP will win the entire 60 seats," Tombi told the media at the party’s head office located at Babupara, Imphal West on Tuesday.
Most of the people, including Manipur CEO Rajesh Agrawal, who was appointed to monitor the election of Manipur, are afraid to raise complaints or to take any step against the BJP government. People are scared as they feel they might be put behind bars or might be threatened by security forces and others, he added.
In Churachandpur district, one of the Kuki militants under suspension of operation (SoO), in support of a BJP candidate, threatened the electors to support the BJP candidate. They blocked all the buttons of EVM with sticks by leaving only the BJP candidate’s button, he added.
It is a democratic right for every citizen to support any political party or candidate. However, such type of support is a violation of democratic rights of every citizen, said Tombi.
“After monitoring the political crisis of Manipur, it seems like a business and there is no need for re-poll if such type of support from militants is not stopped,” Tombi said. He appealed not to repeat such type of cheap politics as it may ruin the future of Manipur.
Shiv Sena candidate of 57-Henglep assembly constituency, T Thangzalam Haokip said that as per circulation made by the Kuki National Organisation (KNO), it is mentioned that the militant organisation under SoO will be supporting all the BJP candidates.
“Supporting is ok but supporting with arms was my complaint made to the CEO but the CEO did not bother to reply my request,” he said.
He said the 12th Manipur Legislative assembly election is a mockery. Even the security forces, who were deputed for the protection of EVMs and elections, failed to discharge their duty as they were overpowered by BJP supporters.
The villagers of Churachandpur were also warned by the BJP supporters that if they vote for other candidates other than BJP then they should pay a fine of Rs 5 lakh and one pig as per customary law, he added.
He said that such many instances occurred in different polling stations but no action has been taken against the BJP supporters, he said.
First published:9 Mar 2022, 3:21 am
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