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Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Takam Sanjoy
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Takam Sanjoy|File image
ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Arunachal Cong accuses BJP of booth capture, violence during polls

Re-polling should be held in all affected polling stations of Koloriang, Palin and Nyapin assembly constituencies, demands party’s state president Takam Sanjoy

Irani Sonowal Lepcha

Irani Sonowal Lepcha

Itanagar: Alleging the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of capturing votes and instigating violence during the simultaneous elections held on Thursday, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress on Saturday demanded that re-polling be held in all the affected polling stations of the Koloriang, Palin and Nyapin Assembly Constituencies in the state.

The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) in separate representations submitted to the chief electoral officer’s (CEO) office in Itanagar on Friday alleged that there was blatant violation of election procedures at two polling stations under the Nyapin Assembly constituency in Kurung Kumey district while votes were captured in the Rakso polling station in Palin Constituency in Kra-Daadi district.

Representations filed by APCC president Takam Sanjoy stated that a total of 181 voters were not allowed to exercise their franchise in the Rakso polling booth in Palin as they were either chased away from the polling station or warned of dire consequences.

The Palin constituency, which registered a voting percentage of 35.48 till Saturday, witnessed a straight contest between Congress candidate and sitting MLA Takam Pario and BJP candidate Balo Raja.

“Demanding justice, the victimised electors submitted a representation to the Kurung Kumey district election officer and general observer but no action has been taken so far. Such blatant violation and directly interfering with the free exercise of the electoral right by the party in power is really unfortunate and should be taken seriously by the Election Commission,” Sanjoy said in the letter.

The party further alleged its polling agents were not only barred from entering the polling stations in Pating and Cheri villages under the Nyapin constituency but some of them were also kidnapped and tortured.

Sanjoy said “an FIR was lodged in front of the Sangram sub-divisional officer by the polling agents of the MLA and MP concerned, however, no action has been initiated in this case as well”.

The BJP indulged in violence and intimidated the electors so as to ensure that they vote in favour of their candidate, Sanjoy alleged. The Nyapin assistant returning officer intimated the DEO and registering officer about the deteriorating law and order situation and also urged for immediate re-poll, however, no action has been initiated to conduct re-poll in both these polling stations, Sanjoy said in his complaint.

The Congress also leveled allegations that it’s polling agents for the Lok Sabha election were not allowed to enter the polling stations which are located at the Nyokuriang, Taba, Nampe and Damin villages under the Kurung Kumey district.

When contacted, CEO Kaling Tayeng informed that he has forwarded all the complaints to the concerned district election officers (DEO). “The decision to conduct re-polling is something which the Election Commission observers and registering officers concerned make,” he said.

Meanwhile, an estimated 71.08% turnout was recorded in the state till Saturday evening. The percentage of male and female turnout was 69.16% and 72.96%, respectively.