RJD to challenge poll results in Patna High Court

Former MLA Shakti Singh Yadav has decided to move the Patna High Court Challenging the Election Commission’s results in recently concluded Bihar polls. The RJD leader lost the Hilsa assembly seats by a thin margin of 12 votes.

According to the EC website, JD(U)’s Krishnamurari Sharan has polled 61,848 votes, while Shakti Singh Yadav of the RJD has got 61,836 votes. A total of 551 postal ballots were polled of which 182 were declared invalid, reducing the margin of victory of the JD-U candidate by 12 votes only.

“I was a victim of injustice done during the counting of votes on November 10. Hence, I have decided to fight against it to get justice from the court of law. I won the election with a margin of 549 votes. All candidates including from JDU left the counting centre and I have video footage to prove my claim. Then returning officer initiated recounting of table numbers 8 and 9 and I was declared defeated by a margin of 12 votes. The officials have manipulated table numbers and converted 90 votes to 190 votes,” Yadav said.

Also read: Assembly seats where victory margin was less than ‘thousand’

Not only Hilsa assembly seat, but there are more instances of water-thin margins. In the Barbigha assembly seat, Janata Dal (United) candidate Sudarshan Kumar defeated Congress’ Gajanan Shahi by just 238 votes.

According to the Election Commission, the victory margin in 11 seats in Bihar’s 243-member Assembly was less than 1,000. The margins were narrower in seven constituencies where the difference of votes was very less, making candidates feel the electoral pressure.

Earlier, the RJD spokesperson Chitranjan Gagan had slammed the poll panel and said that the overall difference in the total votes polled was too thin to be ignored. “The National Democratic Alliance polled 1, 57, 00728 while Grand Alliance was polled a total 156, 88458 — a difference of only 12270 votes. Due to anomalies in the counting of postal as well as other votes, the Grand Alliance lost at least a dozen seats, like on Hilsa seat, Nalanda, where the party lost by only 12 votes,” said the spokesperson.

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