RJD considers authorized problem to Bihar ballot outcomes, EC says election was clear

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Top leaders of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) led by Tejashwi Prasad Yadav on Friday held a gathering with round 30 candidates of the get together who misplaced by slender margins and warranted them the get together would mount a authorized problem towards ballot leads to varied meeting constituencies.

The assembly lasted over 4 hours throughout which the RJD nominees shared their expertise on the counting centres with some alleging they misplaced due to manipulation by election officers.

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Shakti Singh Yadav, RJD’s former MLA from Hilsa in Nalanda, stated he would file a writ petition within the Patna High Court difficult the ballot outcomes of his defeat to JD(U)’s Prem Mukhiya, who received by a margin of 12 votes.

“I will take legal recourse and file a writ petition. I was leading and then the trends reversed after postal ballots were counted. It is all very suspicious and looks like there was a conspiracy to defeat me,” he stated.

He additional claimed that a lot of postal ballots together with votes solid by academics in his constituency engaged in polls had been rejected on the plea that many of those ballots didn’t have masking letters of verification of voters. “It was not my work to ensure that the postal ballot carried necessary papers verifying the identity as a voter. This is again a grey area,” he stated.

But Bihar’s Chief Electoral Officer, H R Srinivasa insisted that each one norms had been adopted on the counting centres. In context of Hilsa constituency, Srinivasa stated all of the postal ballots together with the rejected ones had been recounted on the request of the RJD nominee.

“As per EC directives, if the margin of win is less than the postal ballots, then re-verification is done of invalid postal ballots. In Hilsa, the Returning Officer went a step ahead and carried out recounting of all postal ballots including invalid votes in the presence of the candidates. The results were the same,” he stated.

Srinivasa stated that he had already issued the checklist of 11 constituencies where the margin of win was lower than 1,000 votes in postal ballots on Thursday. Of the 11 constituencies, JD(U) received 4 seats, RJD has received three seats, LJP one seat, BJP one seat , CPI one seat and one seat was received by an unbiased candidate.

“In these 11 constituencies, different parties have won including one independent. The election was conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner,” he stated. The 11 seats embody Hilsa, Barbigha, Ramgarh, Matihani, Bhorey, Dehri, Bachhwara, Chakai, Kurhani , Bakhri and Parbattta.

Besides, the CEO stated the norms laid down for classifying postal ballots as legitimate and invalid had been adopted strictly throughout the counting course of.

On the RJD’s demand of looking for CDs of video recordings of counting centres, Srinivasa stated the CDs of videography accomplished contained in the counting centres could be offered to whoever asks for it. “We will provide the CDs as against the deposition of the required fee. Everything is there,” he stated.

The Election Commission too has clarified that the counting course of was sluggish due to the rise in polling stations attributable to Covid-19 security directions.

Meanwhile, RJD’s state spokesperson Mritunjay Tiwary stated the get together was watching into authorized choices to problem the polls leads to a number of constituencies where the margin of victory was abysmally low.

“Consultations are going with various allies of the grand alliance and legal experts are also being approached for taking a view on the options of moving court,” he stated.

On Thursday, Tejashwi had alleged that the irregularities within the counting course of had led to the Grand Alliance shedding 20 seats that stopped it from reaching the bulk determine of 122. The Grand Alliance ended up with 110 seats towards the NDA’s 125.

[Attribution HT]

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