Laloo wants action against BSF

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Patna
May 06, 2004 06:15 PM IST

RJD chief and Madhepura candidate alleged the paramilitary rigged polls in the constituency in favour of Sharad Yadav.

Accusing the Centre of using the Border Security Force to rig elections in Madhepura constituency, RJD president and candidate Laloo Prasad Yadav on Thursday demanded stringent action against the personnel of the paramilitary force involved in committing "serious irregularities" during Wednesday's polling.

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"I have sought strict action against the BSF men posted at booth numbers 114, 115 and 116 of Alamnagar assembly segment in Madhepura parliamentary constituency where they were not only present in the enclosure meant for voters but also asked them to cast their ballots in favour of the JD(U) candidate," he told Star News.

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The private TV channel had shown footage of BSF jawans speaking to the electors and telling them how to exercise their vote during the polling yesterday.

Yadav said he had spoken to BSF Director General Ajay Raj Sharma and would place before the Election Commission the CDs in support of his contention that polling in Madhepura was rigged.

"I am sure that the BSF jawans were working at the behest of some of their officers who had received instructions from the Union Home Ministry to get the polls rigged in favour of JD(U).

"After all why the jawans were doing something they are not supposed to do? Even if somebody says they were only helping the voters understand how to operate the electronic voting machines, it is not part of their duty," he said.

The RJD Chief is locked in a keen contest with his JD(U) rival and Union Minister Sharad Yadav in the constituency.

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