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AAP moves Election Commission against Sharad Pawar, Munde; seeks action under RPA

Monday, 24 March 2014 - 8:47pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: PTI
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The Maharashtra unit of Aam Aadmi Party today filed a complaint with the Election Commission against Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar for asking his party workers to "vote twice" in polls and sought derecognition of his party.

The AAP also filed a complaint against senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde seeking his disqualification as MP and setting aside his election in 2009 with retrospective effect for indulging in "electoral offences".

AAP said that Pawar while addressing Mathadi workers (head-loaders) in Navi Mumbai yesterday had called upon them to vote at Satara and then again at Mumbai by "taking advantage" of the multi-phase polling.

Pawar also stated that such workers should remember to wipe off the ink mark before voting again, AAP said.

The statement has been widely reported in the media and a video clip thereof is available on Internet, it said.

"...Hence, Pawar and other party leaders present on the dais and visible in the video clip are guilty of electoral offences of undue influence under section 171C of the IPC, criminal conspiracy under section 120-B of the IPC, corrupt practices under section 123(2) of the Representation of People Act, 1951 and violation of section 1.4 of the Model Code of Conduct," AAP said in a statement.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led party demanded that FIRs be registered against Pawar, Maharashtra deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and party leaders present on the dais and visible in the video clip and NCP be derecognised.

AAP also sought disqualification of all NCP candidates for Lok Sabha polls with immediate effect.

In its complaint against Munde, the AAP referred to NCP MLC Dhananjay Munde's statement that he "facilitated bogus voting in favour of Gopinath Munde in 2009 polls in Beed district". The statement has been widely reported in the media.

Munde, the sitting MP from Beed constituency, is the BJP nominee for the seat this election as well.

AAP said Gopinath and Dhananjay are guilty of electoral offences of undue influence, corrupt practices under the Representation of People Act. 

"Hence, Gopinath Munde and Dhananjay Munde are guilty of electoral offences of undue influence under section 171C of the IPC, criminal conspiracy under section 120B of the IPC, corrupt practices under section 123(2) of the Representation of People Act, 1951 and violation of section 1.4 of the Model Code of Conduct," the statement reads.

AAP demanded disqualification of Gopinath Munde and setting aside of his election in 2009 with retrospective effect. It also sought disqualification of Dhananjay Munde and setting aside of his election as MLC with retrospective effect.




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