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Congress, BVA, NCP file complaint over Maharashtra CM Fadnavis’ audio clip

Congress says CM’s language in clips is “anti-democratic and autocratic”

mumbai Updated: May 28, 2018 09:41 IST
Ram Parmar
Ram Parmar
Hindustan Times
Congress leader Sachin Sawant hands over the complaint to Palghar collector Dr Prashant Narnaware on Sunday.(HT)

The Congress, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Sunday registered a complaint with Palghar collector Dr Prashant Narnaware demanding a probe by the Election Commission of India (ECI) into an audio clip in which chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is heard asking BJP workers to “use all means” to win the Palghar bypoll.

Dr Narnaware is also the returning officer in Palghar for the bypoll being held there today.

Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant, along with NCP and BVA leaders registered the complaint and demanded an inquiry into the entire audio clip by the ECI. Speaking to the media, Sawant said, “The CM has violated the election code of conduct on innumerable occasions, hence we had complained to the returning officer. We have also attached a pen drive containing the controversial audio clip. The language used by the CM is shocking, anti-democratic and autocratic in nature.” The BJP have also put up “hordes of illegal hoardings” all along the Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway and at other places without seeking the permission of the authorities and the EC must also probe into this,said Sawant.

Meanwhile, 12 persons were detained by the Dahanu police for allegedly distributing money to voters. Police recovered total cash worth Rs1,48,500 in envelopes from the arrested accused.

First Published: May 28, 2018 01:14 IST