Congress demands use of ballot papers in Ater, Bandhavgarh bypolls

Published: March 14, 2017 - 17:11 Updated: August 4, 2017 - 16:13

Bhopal: Smarting over the drubbing in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the Congress' Madhya Pradesh unit today demanded the use of ballot papers in coming Ater and Bandhavgarh assembly by-elections.

"Congress is not disappointed as it emerged as the largest party in three states out of five. Still, Governors of Goa and Manipur did not invite the Congress, which is unfortunate and unconstitutional. Uttar Pradesh was lost to foul play," state Congress chief Arun Yadav told media here. 

Replying to a query over Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati's charge concerning tampering of electronic voting machines in Uttar Pradesh, he said he nurtured a similar apprehension. The party has already made a similar complaint to the Election Commission of India (ECI) in the past.

Speaking about the Congress' preparations for Madhya Pradesh assembly elections which is due next year, Yadav said that the party has begun working at the ground level and claimed that it would find its way back to power under the stewardship of stalwarts. Commenting about Ater by-election, he alleged that the administrative officials posted in Bhind district are hands in gloves with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Congress has complained to the EC in this regard. 

Mentioning about allegations of molestation and thrashing people against BJP legislator KK Shrivastava's son in Tikamgarh, Mr Yadav demanded that a first information report be registered. He said BJP leaders are indulging in hooliganism and the party would raise the matter in the Vidhan Sabha.