Congress, INLD allege misuse of government machinery in state
Political parties accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of misusing government machinery across Haryana to allegedly influence voters in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections held on Sunday. The Congress on Monday alleged that BJP workers were allowed to roam inside and outside polling booths in several areas and this was the reason that there was a sudden spurt of voting late in the evening, particularly in the Gurgaon constituency.
“The ruling party has tried to misuse the state machinery in several places, including Gurugram and Mewat, to indulge in bogus voting and prevent Congress supporters from exercising their franchise. Our candidate has, in fact, demanded a repoll at the Chandaka and Jhamuwas booths, as there was clear evidence of malpractice,” Ashish Dua, national secretary, Congress, said.
As per the district election office, a polling agent was arrested in Faridabad for interfering with the polling process at a booth. In Mewat also, the police registered seven FIRs against a presiding officer and other persons for violating the Representation of the People Act.
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) also asked why the BJP leaders in the government were not questioning the rampant violation of rules. “BJP workers were using vehicles with flags and loudspeakers with impunity. They were entering the booths at their own will and influencing voters, but no question was asked,” Ashok Arora, president, state INLD, said.
Ajay Singh Yadav, Congress candidate from Gurgaon, questioned the steep increase of almost 20% in polling in both Gurgaon and Badshahpur assembly constituencies. “How can there be 20% spurt in polling in one hour? There is clearly something amiss, and I will seek a probe,” Yadav said.
The Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), which made its debut in this Lok Sabha election in collaboration with the Aam Aadmi Party, blamed the administration for the slow pace of voting in Mewat, which allegedly forced many voters to return without casting their vote. “The government machinery ensured that voting took place at a slow pace at Mewat, due to which long queues were formed and many people could not vote. When the voting slips were issued prior to polls, a BJP pamphlet was attached. What has happened is unprecedented,” Dalbir Dhankhar, state spokesperson, JJP, said.
The BJP, however, said that the Congress and other parties were staring at a big defeat, not only in Gurgaon but across Haryana, and this was the reason for their baseless allegations. “These are baseless allegations as this is the first time such peaceful polling has taken place. The reason for high polling in the evening in Gurgaon was that there were long queues at the polling stations during the evening hours. The number of voters was high, so it took time for them to vote,” Raman Malik, BJP spokesperson, said, adding that if any party had a complaint, they should lodge it with the election commission.