The Congress Monday approached the Election Commission searching for countermanding elections to 2 Rajya Sabha seats in Haryana and holding contemporary polls, arguing that there was a “deep rooted conspiracy” hatched by the state’s BJP authorities to “hijack and rig” the polls to make sure that the votes of Congress MLAs have been rejected on the bottom that they’d solid their votes with a unique pen. Amid discuss of an inside sabotage, the get together additionally seemed to be defending former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Separately, it demanded an FIR towards the BJP management and BJP-backed candidate Subhash Chandra and a CBI probe into the invalidation of the votes. Independent candidate R Ok Anand was a part of the Congress delegation the met the Election Commission. “It is a criminal act. Election Commission should ensure that an FIR is registered,” Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma stated later.
In an obvious defence of Hooda, Sharma added: “It was a criminal conspiracy to undermine the electoral process by the BJP….Each vote was seen by the authorised representative…general secretary B K Hariprasad…All the MLAs had marked the votes in favour of the candidate we were supporting…Voters don’t take their colours or pens….You go inside the polling booth and the pen is there tied to a small string…Those whose votes were invalidated belong not to one faction of the Congress but to all..I am not taking names, but some of the strong loyalists of Hooda…their votes were found valid.”
Asked whether or not he was saying that Hooda had not betrayed the get together, he stated: “When did I say that.” “I talk based on facts..I react only to facts,” he added.
About hypothesis over Hooda leaving his poll clean, he stated, “I am not the Election Commission. You are not supposed to know which ballot number belongs to whom..Neither you know nor I know. I do not even know….how can you condemn on the basis of unsubstantiated political speculation and charges. It would be unfair.”
Anand blames BJP
R Ok Anand, who was earlier blaming Bhupinder Singh Hooda for conspiring for his defeat, Monday blamed BJP for the loss. “I never said that Congress leaders were involved. I said that initially, Congress never wanted to vote for me… If something wrong was happening, the Congress leaders should have come to me.”