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Tai Nikio, the Congress’s candidate for the Nyapin Assembly constituency of Arunachal Pradesh, addressing a press conference in Itanagar on Saturday
Tai Nikio, the Congress’s candidate for the Nyapin Assembly constituency of Arunachal Pradesh, addressing a press conference in Itanagar on Saturday|EastMojo image
ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Arunachal: Nyapin Cong candidate demands re-poll in Cheki, Pating

There was blatant violation of election procedures in all the six polling stations under Nyobia circle of Kurung Kumey district during elections on April 11, alleges Tai Nikio

Irani Sonowal Lepcha

Irani Sonowal Lepcha

Itanagar: Tai Nikio, the Congress’s candidate for the Nyapin Assembly constituency, on Saturday alleged that there was blatant violation of election procedures in all the six polling stations under Nyobia circle of Kurung Kumey district and demanded that re-polling be held in two of them and proper scrutiny of reports be conducted in the rest.

The six polling stations are Hiba, Cheki, Rowa, Pating, Byasi and Gida. While addressing a press conference at the Press Club in Itanagar on Saturday, Nikio demanded that re-polling be held in the Cheki and Pating polling booths.

Nikio’s demand comes days after state Congress president Takam Sanjoy alleged that there was violence and booth capturing in the Nypain Assembly constituency, in which senior BJP leader Bamang Felix is the sitting MLA.

Sanjoy’s claim was, however, denied by Felix on Friday who had termed the move of the Congress “mere frustration” as the people of his constituency had outrightly rejected the party. Felix had stated that re-polling could not be done merely on the basis of someone’s allegation.

Felix said: “The EVMs of 36 polling stations under the Nyapin Assembly constituency have safely reached the strong room and because there was no violence and booth capturing as alleged by the Congress, the question of re-polling would not rise.”

Echoing Sanjoy, Nikio, too, on Saturday alleged that none of the polling agents of the Congress or the people were allowed to enter the polling booth in Pating while the presiding officer of the Cheki polling station has been seen with Bamang Tago, Felix’s younger brother, in a chopper carrying all the electronic voting machines (EVMs) of the Nyobia constituency.

Referring to the reports submitted by Langpu Arun, the presiding officer of Pating polling station, Nikio said: “The presiding officer who has till date sent two reports, one on April 11 and the other on April 13, to the returning officer of Kurung Kumey district has in both of them mentioned that BJP supporters were indulged in booth capturing and they also did not allow any of the polling agents of the Indian National Congress or the public to enter the polling station and excersice ther franchise.”

Nikio added that Langpu has in his report particularly mentioned that the BJP workers and polling agents were indulged in booth capturing and violence and the Congress workers were not even allowed to enter the booth.

“He (Langpu) has in his report also asked the returning officer of Kurung Kumey district to consider re-polling in Pating so as to ensure justice is provided to the people,” said Nikio.

Further, Nikio also questioned Tago’s (Felix’s brother’s) presence in the chopper which was carrying the EVMs.

In terms of claims made by Felix that Langpu Arun, the presiding officer of the Pating polling station, has gone missing, Nikio said: “When the presiding officer had already particularly mentioned that none of the polling agents of the Congress were allowed to enter the booth, the Congress cannot be reason behind his disappearance.”

Felix had on Friday urged the election commission to trace the whereabouts of the presiding officer and had raised apprehensions that there could be a threat perception to him.