Laloo meets EC, calls Chapra issue flimsy

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, New Delhi
May 08, 2004 07:12 PM IST

RJD chief Laloo Yadav complained before the EC that NDA had 'misled' it by lodging a flimsy charge.

Seeking to turn the tables on NDA leaders, RJD supremo Laloo Prasad Yadav on Saturday complained before the Election Commission that NDA had 'misled' the EC and wasted its time by lodging a 'flimsy' charge that polling had been rigged in Bihar.

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After a nearly 30-minute meeting with the three-member Commission, Yadav told reporters that polling was peaceful in Bihar this time "and the credit goes to the Election Commission, state Government and Laloo Prasad Yadav".

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"Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy and other NDA ministers have raised a hue and cry and misled the Commission that there were irregularities in Chapra," he said, adding it was their "old habit to save their face from the ignominy of defeat".

Asked about his opinion on the BJP demand for countermanding of polling in Chapra, the RJD supremo, who is locked in a fierce contest with Rudy there, said the NDA leaders had submitted false reports to the Commission.

"We have told the Commission that it was free to hold repoll in those polling booths where it felt there was rigging. We are not making any demand as polling was peaceful," Yadav, who was accompanied by party MP Prem Gupta, said.

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