On the eve of the first phase of assembly pols in Chhattisgarh, senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP, PL Punia, has made stunning allegations against the BJP, accusing the saffron party of planning to use government machinery to rig Monday’s elections.
Taking to Twitter, Punia, who’s also the in-charge of Chhattisgarh affairs for his party, wrote, “BJP in desperation has decided to #MurderDemocracy. Senior bureaucrats leak information of massive planned rigging of all remote booths in Bastar through govt machinery.” He also tagged Congress President Rahul Gandhi and party’s head of communications, Randeep Singh Surjewala in his tweet.
BJP in desperation has decided to #MurderDemocracy. Senior bureaucrats leak information of massive planned rigging of all remote booths in Bastar through govt machinery.@INCIndia @INCChhattisgarh @RahulGandhi @rssurjewala @IndianExpress
— P L Punia (@plpunia) November 11, 2018
The first phase of assembly polls in Chhattisgarh will take place on 12 November, while the remaining 72 seats in the northern Chhattisgarh will see elections on 20 November. Results for Chhattisgarh elections will be declared along with Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Telangana on 12 December.
Chhattisgarh has seen a phenomenal rise in Naxal related violence lately ahead of the polls. On Sunday, a BSF personnel was killed when Naxals detonated an IED, while a Maoist was gunned down in an encounter with police in separate incidents in the state, reported PTI.
Inspector General of Police (Raipur range) Dipanshu Kabra had told the news agency that a team of the Border Security Force was out on an area domination operation in view of the polls on Monday when Naxals blew up the improvised explosive device (IED) in a forest in Kanker district, around 200 km from the state capital Raipur.