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Nara hits out at poll official

- Cong in 2 states: victim tag in one, perpetrator slur in another

Imphal, May 14: CPI candidate Moirangthem Nara Singh, a main contender for the Inner Manipur seat, today accused the office of the state’s chief electoral officer, O. Nabakishore Singh, of giving “false reports” to the Election Commission in favour of the ruling Congress.

Nara Singh’s sharp reaction came after the commission turned down a demand by the Left and Secular Alliance, which is backing Nara Singh to hold a repoll in 139 polling stations, alleging that the more than 90 per cent polling was because of mass proxy voting by the Congress.

A team of the alliance led by Nara Singh made the demand in a representation submitted to the poll panel in Delhi on April 29.

Nara Singh said the commission ruled out repolling on the basis of false reports submitted by the chief electoral officer.

“Being government employees they are siding with the ruling party and reported that nothing happened despite largescale proxy voting and booth capturing by the Congress,” Nara Singh charged.

Nara Singh made this accusation during a press briefing, which was organised as part of today’s nation-wide protest against proxy voting and electoral malpractice.

“We received information of the protest initiated by the Left parties very late last night. So we could not organise the protest here today. Therefore, we are protesting the electoral malpractice through this media briefing,” Nara Singh said.

He also alleged that the Congress either bought the agents of other contesting candidates in the polling booths or prevented them from entering the booths through muscle power to capture the booths.

Nara Singh is locked in a close fight with Congress candidate Thokchom Meinya Singh, who is seeking re-election for the third consecutive time.

Ruling out the UPA’s return, Nara Singh said the Left parties would take every possible step to prevent the BJP-led NDA from coming to power. He said the NDA was not different from the UPA.

There are hectic efforts to form a government by the third front, he said.