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Modi govt used money, muscle power to subvert RS polls: Congress

india Updated: Jun 12, 2016 09:56 IST
Rajya Sabha polls

Senior Congress leader and MP Kamal Nath, with AICC General Secretary Mohan Prakash, Suresh Pachouri, Congress candidates MPCC President Arun Yadav and Vivek Tankha celebrate after winning Rajya Sabha elections.(PTI)

The Congress on Saturday accused the Narendra Modi government of using money and muscle power to subvert the election process during the Rajya Sabha polls.

Read: RS polls: BJP wins 12 seats, Congress 6; Opposition still rules House

“The Modi government has used money and muscle power during the Rajya Sabha elections - just as they did to throttle democracy in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh,” party spokesperson RPN Singh said while addressing a press conference in New Delhi.

The Congress reaction came after three of its MLAs were stopped from casting their votes in Jharkhand.

“Arrest warrants were issued against three of the Congress MLAs in Jharkhand and two of them were stopped from casting their vote,” Singh said.

Read:Cross-voting, arrests mar polling for 27 Rajya Sabha seats in 7 states

“The timing of issuing the warrant is important,” he said, accusing the BJP of misusing its power to win the elections.

The BJP won both the Rajya Sabha seats from Jharkhand, while the lone Jharkhand Mukti Morcha candidate who was also supported by the Congress faced defeat.

“Congress has won all the Rajya Sabha seats it had contested during these elections,” Singh informed the reporters.

All prominent Congress faces including P. Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, Jairam Ramesh, Oscar Fernandes have registered victories.

With the election of these leaders, the party has strengthened itself in the Rajya Sabha despite dwindling numbers, political observers said.