BJP complains to EC over booth rigging, poll violence

A day after Bharatiya Janata Party`s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi hit out at the Election Commission of India for failing to curb alleged rigging during polls in some states, the party on Monday lodged a complaint with the poll watchdog.

By Sushmita Dutta | Updated: May 06, 2014, 00:41 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: A day after Bharatiya Janata Party`s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi hit out at the Election Commission of India for failing to curb alleged rigging during polls in some states, the party on Monday lodged a complaint with the poll watchdog.

Senior leader Arun Jaitley lead a BJP delegation to complain against alleged vote rigging during polling in West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Speaking to reporters, Jaitley said, “Opposition agents are thrashed away from the polling booths by goons of ruling party. It was seen in West Bengal as well as in UP, Bihar.”

He added, “Measure should be taken to stop silent booth capturing in these states.”
Narendra Modi had addressed two rallies in West Bengal on Sunday in Bankura and Asansol, in which he had accused the EC of failing to prevent vote rigging and violence during polls in West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

The Gujarat chief minister had even dared to take action against him for accusing EC for not acting impartially during the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.
“Why are you not acting? What is your intention? If you feel wrong about what I am saying now, then you are free to lodge another case against me," Modi told an election rally in Asansol.

Modi`s attack on the EC came days after an FIR was lodged against him following a direction from the poll panel which said he had violated electoral laws by displaying his party symbol after casting his vote in Gandhinagar and addressed a press conference soon thereafter.

Meanwhile, stepping up the pressure on the BJP, the Trinamool wrote to the EC demanding action against Modi for canvassing for votes by using religion and creating communal discord.

Trinamool Rajya Sabha member and national spokesman Derek O`Brien said his party has got the video footage of Modi`s rally in Faizabad, where there were photos of a place of worship alongside his portrait.