Mahagathbandhan hints at moving court, alleges poll rigging

As NDA seems all set to form the next government in Bihar, Mahagathbandhan leader Tejashwi Yadav has alleged foul play in the recently concluded election.

In his first interaction with the media after the results, he expressed his gratitude to the people for giving the tag of ‘single largest party’ to the RJD. He however accused NDA of poll rigging.

RJD has claimed that more than a dozen of its candidates have lost by a very close margin. “The grand alliance had won 130 seats and was intentionally made to lose 20 seats. Why were ballot votes counted at the end? Why were so many rejected? We need the video and CCTV recordings from those counting booths. The EC has to clear all the doubts and supposed to preserve ballot papers for 40 days.”

He alleged that the NDA canceled ballot papers of teachers, and service sector people, who had voted for the grand alliance. Tejashwi also is mulling moving Court against the poll panel.

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During the press conference, leaders of Mahagathbandhan spoke about the mystery around the Hilsa seat.

The Hilsa assembly seat was nothing less than an IPL final, where a team wins the game by the barest of margins. JD(U)’s Krishnamurari Sharan aka Prem Mukhiya beat RJD’s Atri Muni aka Shakti Singh by just 12 votes.

JD(U) won 61,848 votes, while the RJD polled 61,836 votes. The neck-to-neck battle also stoked controversy. RJD alleged foul play. The party said earlier, its candidate had been declared the winner by over 500 votes. The party also took to Twitter and said, “The Returning Officer had declared RJD candidate Shakti Singh from Hilsa assembly constituency as the winner by 547 votes. He was told to wait for issuing the victory certificate. But then the Returning Officer receives a call from the Chief Minister’s residence and the officer suddenly says the RJD candidate has lost by 13 votes due to postal ballots being canceled.”

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