Congress party candidate Kantilal Bhuria on Sunday said that Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan wants to finish him politically and therefore he would try every trick in the book to defeat him.
“He wants my political murder,” Bhuria told newspersons referring to the CM’s address at election rallies for the Ratlam-Jhabua parliamentary by-polls in which he said Bhuria’s political career would end if he loses the by-elections.
Bhuria asks election officer to book CM for poll manipulation
Meanwhile, Bhuria has asked election officer to register a criminal case against Chouhan for sending senior BJP leader Himmat Kothari to Doshigaon to appease agitating voters.
“This is an attempt to influence voters and any assurance given to voters on the voting day is an illegal and criminal act,” party spokesperson Harsh Bhatt told mediapersons on Sunday.
District Congress Committee president Nirmal Mehta said every vote counts in the election and blamed Ratlam’s BJP leaders for creating scene.
The voting began at Doshigaon polling station in Ratlam city at 12.45 pm on Saturday as a section of voters boycotted the elections to protest against lack of cleanliness, proper roads, drinking water supply and erratic power supply.
By afternoon, BJP leaders reached there and asked them to cast votes. Though voting resumed, only seven women and 20 men cast their votes by 1 pm. The polling booth has 999 voters including 536 males and 463 females.
The main contest is between Congress candidate and ex-union minister Kantilal Bhuria and BJP candidate and Petlawad MLA Nirmala Bhuria.
Cong partymen to guard strong rooms
The Congress on Sunday stated that partymen including its candidate Kantilal Bhuria will guard strong rooms in which EVMs are kept in Ratlam-Jhabua parliamentary constituency. He said the party has obtained official permission to camp outside the strong room from Ratlam, Jhabua and Alirajpur district collectors. Three strong rooms, one each at Ratlam, Jhabua, and Alirajpur, have been set up for the purpose.