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Open rigging in Guwahati, state in shock

Sunday, 27 April 2014 - 6:13pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Citizens of Guwahati woke up to shocking news, a day after elections.  A local TV News Channel telecast footage of open poll rigging in the No 35 Jalukbari Lok Sabha constituency of the city. 

The man, who was later identified as Bimal Boro was seen assisting voters inside the polling booth and even voting for them at times. This created shockwaves across the state and reactions poured in from all sections of the society. 

If the allegations are to be considered, polling officers allowed the agent Bimal Boro to press the button of the electronic voting machines (EVM) for other electors who is believed to be doing so on the behalf of Congress. It is however to early to determine who is actually behind the whole thing. The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) Saturday lodged formal complaints in this regard with the state chief electoral officer (CEO).

If latest developments are to be considered, Police has detained Boro and he has been accused of allegedly forcing the voters of no-51 Jalukbari constituency to vote in favor of Congress. 

Further, a FIR has been filed against Education Minister of the State Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma and Manash Bora at the Dispur PS. RTI activist Dulal Bora today. The FIR has been filed for the rigging incident in Jalukbari LS constituency held on April 24th. Also returning officer J Balaji has also been named in the FIR.

“This is such a shame, the ruling party in the state is losing its hold in the state and that is why probably they are resorting to such shameful acts”, said Pallab Saikia a student of the Guwahati Medical College. 

Another student from BITS Goa, who did not wished to be name said, “I have always thought that poll rigging is a culture prevalent in the UP-Bihar belt, but I could not even imagine that such a thing can happen in my city and that too so openly.”

The local channel has been running the footage running again and again inviting large-scale criticism from around the state. It has also been reported that similar incident also occurred in no-177 LS polling center of Hailakandi where a group of youths were seen voting several times and has been also publish in a video footage. 

Keeping in view the entire incident, the Election Commission ordered re-poling in 15 polling stations in Kokrajhar, Gauhati, Mangaldai and Nowgong constituencies, which will be held April 27.


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