Imphal, April 22, 2019
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Manipur unit has filed a complaint with the Election Commission of India (ECI) against two Congress MLAs for allegedly threatening a police constable on election duty.
The complaint has been filed against Congress MLAs, K Meghachandra and K Ranjit.
As per reports, the incident took place at a polling booth in Thoubal district during the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on April 18th 2019. A video of the MLAs harassing the police officer has gone viral in the social media platforms.
Condemning the incident, former BJP general secretary K. Saratkumar, stated that MLAs or MPs cannot move out of their respective assembly constituencies during the polling days.
Congress MLA, Meghchandra, however, clarified his ground that he was just questioning the official for “not letting Congress candidates enter the polling station”.
The MLA also asserted that “his intention was not to humiliate the policeman,” and further regretted the tone of his voice.
He informed that as he was selected as an election observer by the party high command, he only rushed to the polling stations after receiving a complaint that the inner agent of his party was not allowed to sit inside the booth after being “threatened” by BJP workers.
Over nine lakh voters were expected to exercise their franchise at 1,300 polling stations in the second phase of polling.