RJD and Congress accuse JDU of Tampering with Vote count

In a series of tweets, RJD and CPIML have shared the information about fraud in vote counting on sets where the winning margin is too thin.

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As the vote count in Bihar elections is coming to a close with NDA winning on 121 seats and Mahagathbandhan at 109 seats, the allegations of election fraud have started to emerge from RJD. RJD has accused that the Nitish Kumar government is intimidating officials and tempering with the results.

In a series of tweets, RJD and CPIML have shared the information about fraud in vote counting on sets where the winning margin is too thin.

“Sitting in the CM office, Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi have also pressured all District Magistrates and Returning Officers to announce winners in seats where their candidates are leading by a small margin,” the party claimed.

Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) has alleged that on as many as 119 seats the Mahagathbandhan candidates were congratulated by the returning officers and it was shown on the Election Commission website but now those candidates were denied relevant certificates.

 

“For example, we are leading by 12,000 in Manhar, 14,000 in Fatuha and 10,000 in Suryagadha, but TV channels are showing that we are trailing on these seats,” the RJD stated on the microblogging site.

The RJD tweeted from its official account saying that candidate Shakti Singh of the Hilsa assembly constituency was declared victorious by 547 votes by the Returning Officer and was asked to wait for his certificate. After receiving a call from the chief minister’s residence, the officials told him that he lost by 13 votes due to the cancellation of the postal ballot, alleged RJD.

Congress leader Akhilesh Singh spoke to reporters saying there are discrepancies in counting.

Meanwhile, the CPIML has written to the Election Commission, demanding recount in Bhorey, Arrah and Daraundha Assembly seats “due to dubious counting practices”.

“We urgently seek a recount of votes in the Bhorey, Arrah and Daraundha Assembly constituencies of Bihar. On all three of these seats, CPIML candidates have been shown to be defeated in very narrow margins, following some worrying violations of counting norms,” their letter says.

RJD has also alleged that the postal ballots for the RJD candidate at Munger were being cancelled forcibly and votes from four EVM machines are not being counted.

 

A delegation of the RJD and Congress have arrived at the Election Commission office at Patna to raise the issue of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar allegedly influencing the counting of votes.

In its press conference, the EC ostensibly defended its move by saying that in cases where the margin of victory is less than the number of postal ballots canceled, the rule is for the Returning Officer to review the postal ballots.

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