MPP demands repoll in all Chandel booths
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 21: The MPP has demanded that repoll be conducted in all the polling centres in 41 Chandel Assembly constituency alleging widespread booth capturing and proxy voting by armed supporters of the BJP candidate a day ahead of the actual casting of votes today.

Speaking to reporters at the party office today, MPP president 0 Joy alleged that armed persons who are supporters of BJP candidate BD Behring carried out booth capturing in poll stations 41/27 and 41/25 and stamped the seal on all the ballot papers in favor of Behring.

Gunmen obstructed poll personnel of booth number 41/54 to 41/56 and cast votes in favour of the BJP candidate, he said adding that booth capturing and rigging were carried out in almost all the centres.

As such repoll should be conducted in all the centres of the AC, he said.

Joy said that the major contenders in Chandel AC are the MPP candidate PR Silanki and Behring after MSCP, DPP and MNC had withdrawn their candidates and supported Silanki.

He alleged Behring is being supported by armed persons.

Silanki who was present in the press meet regretted that the Governor failed to take up any action even after he had requested him to grade all the booths in Chandel AC as hyper sensitive and to deploy armed personnel.

He also said that the Chief Secretary instructed the Police Department to provide escorts to him after he had complained to the former that he had received threats to withdraw from the fray from one underground group.

However, the Police Department failed to provide the same to him, the candidate said.

Silanki expressed doubt that whether some police personnel were helping underground groups who supported a rival candidate.

Complaining that the Government security machinery for the final phase poll has failed completely, Joy further charged that the police have not taken up any step to rescue one inner agent of the MPP identified as Sen who had been abducted by unidentified persons.

MPP president O Joy also condemned the attack on polling party at Laikhong yesterday in which two poll officials and one IRB jawan were killed besides injuring 12 others.

The MPP also accused BJP of abducting six of its workers today at Chandel A/C.One Tata Sumo of the workers was also taken away, said MPP in a statement.

The six workers are, Kh Iboton Chothe (42), Dinbin Dongmei (18), Sampui (30), Gaichunga Dongmei (18), Leo Thomson (19) and Bekey (19).The driver of the Tata Sumo, Nanao (23) was also abducted, MPP alleged.