Gangtok: Questioning the credibility of State Election Commission (SEC), the Bharatiya Janta Party’s (BJP) state unit has jumped on the bandwagon in condemning the alleged release of ballot papers by students in various parts of the state. Terming the incident of survey as carelessness by the SEC, the state BJP has slammed it for creating a sense of distrust with the people’s mandate.
Asserting that the EC must maintain the belief in the system, state BJP president DB Chauhan said, “The election commission must look into the rule books and see if they must jail or terminate the professors who were detained for conducting a survey across the state, violating the notification from the State Election Commission. The mandate of the people must remain secret but when the same is being collected using students, it questions the credibility of the State Election Commission for being ill-prepared”.
Following the counting day on May 23, the party has asserted on filing a petition seeking data from the suspicious booths in various parts of the state. The party also termed the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) as an ‘unknown company’ and also on the SEC notification which clearly states that ‘no exit poll or survey to be conducted until May 19’. The party has assured that it will petition against the company after the election.
However, the BJP denied the other opposition party’s claim that the ruling SDF was stealing votes. “The election commission has conducted 16 such elections so far, they have seen it all, hence our trust remains with the election commission. The questions to be asked is why the election commission has not looked into the issues of violence and hate being propagated by chief minister Pawan Chamling. He is trying to destroy the opposition using force. Despite such threatening statement, why has the election commission not investigated the matter or taken action?” Chauhan asked.
The party president also highlighted that the election commission stands in a position to take action against an interim chief minister as in the case of a ‘big state’ like Uttar Pradesh with CM Yogi Adityanath. “The chief minister has not even issued a notice against such a statement which incites violence. The election commission must investigate such statement, we demand an equal treatment,” stated Chauhan.
The party also highlighted issues of police officers threatening with ballot papers along with other survey teams visiting the state in the name of being a media channel. It emphasised on carelessness and not a situation requiring re-election in the state. “The issue is not of that magnitude, but the same can be approached after May 23,” Chauhan added.