BJP blames Congress Party for influencing EC over repolling in BiharMay 9th, 2009 - 10:19 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, May 9 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday alleged andcriticised Congress party for influencing the Election Commission office to send a team to Bihar to discuss the prospects of re-polls in six constituencies of the State.
The Election Commission on Friday decided to send teams to Bihar to look into complaints of poll irregularities received during the Lok Sabha elections.
After meeting the Chief Election Commission in the national capital today, Senior BJP leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra told media that in the history of independent India no re-poll had ever taken place after 25 days of Polls. If it happens, it would actually hamper the fairness of Indian democratic elections.
Malhotra termed such a consideration of re-polling as an instance of the Election Commission being influenced by the ruling party. He alleged that Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad and member of the UPA combine was feeling insecure about his political position in Bihar and hence the team has been sent to Bihar.
“The team was sent because of Lalu Prasad pressurising the Congress, as he feels he would be losing on two seats. Lalu did not attend the Cabinetmeeting yesterday also. We said that if re-poll is to take place, it should have been two to three days later after polling but it hasn’t evenhappened after 25 days. No such committee (team to visit the state) was made in the past. If re-poll happens, then in future there wouldn’t be fairelections and it is of serious concern to us,” Malhotra said.
Lalu Prasad had recently alleged electoral malpractices in Bihar by hisrival Rajiv Pratap Rudy of the BJP and the Nitish Kumar-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) state government of Bihar.
The Election Commission teams would visit Saran Lok Sabha constituency,from where Lalu Prasad contested and Jehanabad, Aurangabad, Jamui, Maharajganj, Munger and Gaya. (ANI)
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