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BJP alleges rigging by NPF in Manipur

GUWAHATI, APR 14 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 4/14/2019 12:07:43 PM IST

BJP in a complaint with the Manipur Chief Election Officer alleged that armed NSCN cadres had forced people to cast their vote in favour of NPF candidate Lorho Mao from Outer Manipur constituency, which went to polls on April 11, and has also sought the disqualification of Mao’s candidature.

According to News18 report, Manipur BJP president K Babhanand in his complaint alleged that the armed cadres had intimidated voters to vote for Mao and were misusing the cease-fire agreement with the Government of India by carrying out widespread rigging. He also alleged that they captured 196 polling stations in Chandel, Tamenglong, Senapati and Ukhrul districts.

In a complaint letter, BJP alleged that many voters from Mao, Karong, Tadubi, Kamjong, Tamengiong, Nungba and Tamei had tried to file complaints against the threats, but no security forces paid heed to their plea.

Moreover, BJP alleged that several polling stations recorded a voting percentage of 80 per cent by noon on April 11 and said, “Compared to the past voting results it seemed highly unnatural. We request the commission to look into the CCTV footage of the polling booths.”

The complaint letter was signed by BJP Manipur Pradesh president K Bhabananda, vice president M Ashni Kumar and State general secretary T Satyabrata was submitted to CEO office on Wednesday.

Earlier, NPP also accused BJP of mass electoral malpractices during the April 11 polls.

Addressing media persons at NPP state unit office in Imphal, party leader Kim Gangte accused BJP of using Kuki militant groups under suspension of operation (SoO) to garner votes for the Outer Manipur BJP candidate. Kim claimed that some Kuki civil society organizations and village chiefs were threatened by the militant group.

She went on to allege that chief minister N Biren had also warned the Kuki militant groups under SoO pact that the government would withdraw from the truce if they do not cooperate with BJP in the election.

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