June 7, 2016 3:58:07 am
The Congress Monday urged the Election Commission to not countermand polling for four Rajya Sabha seats from Karnataka in the wake of sting operations by television channels, which purportedly showed some MLAs demanding money for support.
“We have requested the election commission to allow the election to go on because there is no (similar) evidence which led to countermanding of the Rajya Sabha election in Jharkhand (in 2012), where cash was recovered from the vehicle of the candidate. In this case, a single MLA has made some statements about development in his constituency which is not personal gratification,” AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh said after meeting EC officials.
Led by Singh, a party delegation submitted a memorandum to EC, stating that cancelling the poll process will be “an extreme step (that) would deprive the candidates and political parties what is legitimately due to them.”
Singh also denied that the party has shifted some Independent MLAs to Mumbai. “Who has shifted? Your information is wrong,” he replied.
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