Manipur News | IMPHAL | Apr 20

Congress Inner Manipur candidate, O Nabakishore, has demanded re-poll in all 45 polling station of Heingang, 11 polling stations of Andro, six polling stations of Thongju and two polling stations of Keirao A/Cs of the voting held on April 18.

The A/Cs mentioned are the stronghold of the BJP, with chief minister N Biren, minister Th. Shyamkumar and minister Th Biswajit, and MLA L Rameshwor, having their home polling in the respective constituencies.

Addressing the media here this evening at Congress Bhawan, Nabakishore pointed out that there was no webcasting and no CCTV cameras were installed to check malpractices during polling in all the 45 polling stations of Heingang Assembly Constituency.

CCTV cameras and webcasting facilities were arranged in 291 polling stations of Inner Manipur constituency, but there was none in any of the Heingang Assembly constituency, he noted and observed that the whole set up might have been carried out in a planned manner.

He further alleged that INC agents were not allowed to sit in the polling room and assaulted by BJP workers in different polling stations of Andro Assembly Constituency. Massive impersonation and proxy voting was carried out in the absence of the agent, he maintained. As such, he demanded that fresh polls be conducted in polling stations of 7/2, 7/9, 7/10, 7/11, 7/12, 7/13, 7/32, 7/33, 7/17, 7/39 and 7/40 of the constituency.

The INC candidate also alleged that in 5/24 polling station of Thongju Assembly Constituency, minister Biswajit entered the polling room and asked the INC agent to allow proxy voting. Massive malpractices were also reported at 5/29, 5/32, 5/36, 5/37 and 5/38 polling stations of the constituency, he added.

Moreover, in 6/6 polling station of Keirao assembly constituency, INC agent was forced out of the polling room and replaced by BJP workers. In 6/10 polling station of the same constituency, EVM was broken, Nabakishore alleged.

On the polling day, one local TV channel also carried the news of one Karam Pramo of Kyamgei who conveyed that she was not allowed to cast her vote after indelible ink was applied on her finger, Nabakishore noted.

He further pointed out that the said matters were deliberated in the post-poll scrutiny in presence of the returning officer, election observer, and other candidates where they also acknowledged the malpractices.

It may be mentioned that the state CPI has also produced various documents pertaining to malpractices by the BJP and its workers, and has demanded for fresh polls in many of the polling stations.



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