Kerala polls: CPM candidate in trouble for peeping into voting enclosure

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Updated: May 17, 2016 14:24 IST
CPM candidate G Sudhakaran looking on as VS Achuthanandan casts his vote during the Kerala assembly elections on May 16, 2016. (HT Photo )

Kerala Congress has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against G Sudhakaran, the Communist Party of India(Marxist) candidate from Ambalapuzha, for allegedly violating poll rules.

The Congress party alleged that Sudhakaran peeped into the voting enclosure when opposition leader VS Achuthanandan and his wife were casting their votes at the government higher secondary school in Paravoor on Monday.

The party has asked the election panel to cancel the polling and take action against the sitting legislator.

Watch: CPM candidate G.Sudhakaran caught ‘peeping’ while V S Achuthanandan voted

Alappuzha district Congress president AA Shukoor said he submitted a video footage and photos of the incident along with the complaint. He said Sudhakaran also gave some instructions to Achuthanandan’s wife Sumathi while she was casting her vote.

“His action violates Section 128 of the representation of the people act and poll code of conduct. So, we want strict action against him,” the Congress leader said.

Congress leaders said Sudhakaran peeped into the enclosure just to ensure that both the votes went in his favour.

Achuthanandan and Sudhakaran nursed some grudge against each other and the senior Left leader initially refused to inaugurate his election convention last month.

Sudhakaran, a former minister, blamed the media and police for blowing the issue out of proportion and denied all charges as the issue snowballed into a controversy.

“I did not do anything wrong. It is part of a witch hunt to defame me,” he said

He blamed the police for allowing reporters and others in the polling booth while the opposition leader was casting his vote. He also criticised his party mouthpiece ‘Desabhimani’ for not defending him.

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