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Congress Candidate from Assam Karimganj to approach Gauhati High Court, over number of polled votes

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Guwahati, June 11: Hafiz Rashid Ahmed Choudhury, Congress candidate for Assam Karimganj Lok Sabha constituency, who lost to the BJP’s sitting MP Kripanath Mallah by 18,360 votes, on Monday said he will approach Gauhati High Court over the issue of difference in the number of polled votes on the days of voting and counting.

Addressing a press conference on Monday at Rajiv Bhawan in Guwahati, Choudhury said there were clear anomalies, and it could be seen from Election Commission’s data itself.

“There was massive rigging, and it was done by the BJP MLAs of the area. They had told voters that bulldozers would be used to demolish their houses if they would not vote for BJP and it was reported in the media too,” he alleged.


Choudhury said that he had filed a total of 19 complaints on the day of polling on April 26, over alleged rigging across the constituency, but the “Election Commission or local authorities did nothing to stop it”, he further added.

Prior to the voting, the Congress had filed one complaint regarding the possibility of rigging by the ruling BJP and urged the poll body to take necessary steps for free and fair voting.

He further demanded re-polling in Karimganj constituency, “I will go to court and seek justice from the court, ” he added.

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