BJP seeks action against prez poll RO

BJP seeks action against prez poll RO

Oppn deploying childish tricks, says Congress

The BJP on Thursday decided to knock at the doors of Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath, seeking action against Presidential poll returning officer (RO) on the charge of rejecting their petition against UPA candidate on frivolous grounds.

However, Congress dubbed as “childish tricks” the BJP’s plan to file an election
petition against the nomination of Pranab Mukherjee as the BJP is likely to move Supreme Court if the CEC fails to act on their petition.

BJP leader S S Ahluwalia told reporters that the party will meet the CEC on Saturday to lodge a complaint against the RO V K Aghnihotri as he did not deal with their main allegation against UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee in his 55 page order.
Aghnihotri is Rajya Sabha secretary general.

Coming out of the meeting held at Lok Sabha Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj house, Ahluwalia said that party will seek action against Aghnihotri as he has brushed aside their main charges by saying that these issues should be address at different forum.

Opposition candidate P A Sangma had sought rejection of Mukherjee’s nomination papers on the charges including that he held an office of profit in the capacity of the Chairman of West Bengal-based Indian Statistical Institute (ISI). He had also alleged that he had backdated his resignation letter and that Mukherjee’s signatures at the time of filling nomination did not match with that he did at the time of resigning ISI.

“After great persuasion we got the RO’s order on Wednesday night. After going through this order we found that the order is not at all an order expected from a RO,” Ahluwalia sarcastically remarked.

The meeting at Swaraj’s house in Safdarjang Lane was attended by Sangma, and BJP leaders SS Ahluwalia, Ananth Kumar, his counsel Satya Pal Jain and Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy

Though Mukherjee himself refused to comment on the issue in Jaipur, the Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari scoffed at the BJP’s move. “President election is not like student body polls of colleges and universities that you try to prove yourself a powerful candidate by using childish tricks,” he remarked.

 Recalling his Wednesday’s statement, Tewari told the reporters: “When you realise that winning the election is absolutely impossible, then you deploy such tricks. The Opposition nominee (P A Sangma) and the parties supporting his candidature should seriously ponder.”

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