Ludhiana Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu alleges discrepancy in number of votes

  • Anshu Seth, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: May 15, 2014 22:13 IST

Accusing the polling officers on duty of foul play, Ravneet Singh Bittu, the Congress candidate from Ludhiana, on Thursday pointed to an anomaly in the number of votes mentioned in the 17-C certificates and the lists procured from the office of the election tehsildar.

"It is obvious that the increased number of votes in the lists will go in favour of the SAD candidate, which is a mockery of the democracy," Bittu claimed.

According to the information, three booths at Kila Raipur village had lesser number of votes polled on April 30 but the lists show an increased number of votes.

Booth No 55 has 730 registered voters; the votes polled were 502 as was shown in the 17-C certificate issued by the polling officer. However, the final list being sent to the EC shows 729 as the number of votes polled, that is, a difference of 227 votes.

Similarly, booth number 57 has 1,127 registered voters; the votes polled were 785 as shown in the certificate, but the votes shown in the list is 1,100, a difference of 315 votes.

At booth No 58, there are 1,199 registered voters; the votes polled were 968 but the votes shown in the list is 1,084, a difference of 116 votes.

Bittu has also submitted a complaint to district election officer Rajat Agarwal, who when contacted, said there was no such issue. "The only authentic document that we have provided is the 17-C certificate. Any other information procured by the candidates is unauthorised. There is no possibility of any such goof-up," Agarwal said.

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