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Goa Cong leader luring voters with bikes: BJP

BJP has alleged that a senior Congress member has placed an order for 40,000 motorbikes for voters.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2007 14:25 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Main Opposition party in Goa, BJP has alleged that a senior Congress member has placed an order for 40,000 motorbikes, meant to be distributed to voters during the coming state legislative assembly elections.

"A heavyweight politician belonging to the ruling party has inked a contract with a motorcycle company to provide him 40,000 bikes to be distributed during elections," BJP leader Manohar Parrikar alleged on Thursday.

Refusing to name any politician while talking to reporters in Panaji, the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly said the ruling Congressmen were resorting to such election gimmicks to hide their "failures".

"I don't know exactly what is the quantum but have learnt that one bike per ten votes would be disbursed during elections," he alleged.

Goa will go for state legislative elections this year.

The BJP leaders, who have met Central Election Commission in Delhi this week, also pointed out to the whopping number of bogus voters mostly from neighbouring Maharashtra and Karnataka.

"We have identified at least six constituencies in which not less than 800 such bogus voters exist. If they go for polling, then these bogus votes can change the results," Parrikar, Goa's former chief minister said.

He said the Central Election Commission authorities have assured them to send independent observers to look into the complaint.

Meanwhile, the chief electoral officer, Rajiv Yaduvanshi, refused to comment on the allegations levelled by the BJP.

"I don't want to comment anything at this juncture. We know about BJP's complaint," Yaduvanshi said.

First Published: Jan 18, 2007 14:25 IST