Finance committee elections: Cong seeks recounting of votes

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 31, 2016 15:17 IST
Former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal addressing mediapersons at the Congress Bhawan, Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Saturday. (Karun Sharma/HT Photo)

Congress members on Saturday gave yet another representation to the UT adviser Vijay Dev, demanding re-counting of votes, as they alleged foul play in counting of votes for elections to the finance and contracts committee (F&CC) held on Friday.

Addressing mediapersons at the Congress Bhawan on Saturday, former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal said, “Being a lawyer, Arun Sood should not have done this. City residents have high hopes from him, but he showed his true colour.”

Acting as returning officer for the election, city mayor Arun Sood has committed gross illegality and had declared the result by deliberately accepting three invalid votes, without completing the process and counting votes contrary to law, said the Congress members.

“Sood counted one invalid vote in favour of nominated councillor Aruna Goel. One ballot paper had numeral 1 marked against the name of Satish Kainth and Aruna Goel. Instead of rejecting this vote, he counted it in favour of Aruna Goel, taking her tally to seven. Later, he took her ballot papers to assign second preferences illegally to give their benefit to another nominated councillor Shagufta Praveen,” they added.

They said the mayor declared Shagufta as winner without completing the process of looking into the second preferences of the voters who had given first preference to Subhash Chawla, Congress, and Asha Jaiswal, BJP.

Meanwhile, taking note of the representation, the adviser had marked an inquiry to the home secretary on Friday and asked him to get a detailed report from the MC commissioner. The Congress on Friday had also created ruckus during the MC meeting on the issue.

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