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Foreign observers for Gujarat elections anger BJP

Press Trust of India, PTI  New Delhi, December 13, 2002
First Published: 18:25 IST(13/12/2002) | Last Updated: 18:57 IST(13/12/2002)

The BJP on Friday took exception to foreign observers and diplomats being given special passes for observing Assembly polls in Gujarat, saying there was no need for such an exercise.

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"Foreign observers and diplomats being given special passes for visiting Gujarat to see the polls there and visit polling booths is not a correct thing," party spokesman VK Malhotra told reporters here.

"Only candidates and his polling agents can enter polling booths. Even ministers are not allowed. In Jammu and Kashmir, it was a different situation," he said.

He said in an election where the media and other institutions are keeping a strict watch on any irregularities, there is no need for such special passes to be issued to foreign observers and diplomats.

Malhotra strongly objected to what he described as a "new trend of getting members of minority community to vote in favour one political party."

He said in a democracy even family members vote for different political parties but in the case of Gujarat, it was ensured that the entire community voted for one particular political party.


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