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BJP alleges rigging, intimidation to polling agents by Congress
Published on 16 Apr. 2009 11:47 PM IST
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BJP in Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday accused the ruling Congress of resorting to massive rigging in majority of polling booths besides intimidating BJP election agents and non-tribal voters for ensuring victory of their candidates. “Congress cadres involved in booth capturing in Kurung Kumey and Papum Pare districts and destroyed ten electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), where they failed to convince the electorate,’’ BJP general secretary cum spokesman Tai Tagak told a press conference here this evening. The party, in a letter to Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on April 13, apprised him of the “possibility of rigging and adoption of unlawful activities by the Congress’’ and sought his intervention in ensuring free and fair polling. “We have lodged a complaint with the district magistrate this evening on assaults and threats to our polling agent, including open rigging and other forceful means of polling obstructions with arms and lethal weapons by Congress workers,’’ Tagak added. The BJP leader also termed “unfortunate’’ the ploy adopted by the ruling party by using students’ bodies of the state - All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) and All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) - in “unlawful” activities. “There were also reports from Tirap district of intimidating voters at gun point in several booths,’’ he said, adding the Congress was resorting to all possible means in ensuring victory of their candidates keeping in view of the popularity of the BJP candidates. “Despite all odds we are going to win in both the seats,’’ he claimed.

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