Baroda bypoll: Jind SP campaigning for BJP; Sonepat DC, DFSC distributing LPG cylinders: Congress

Congress writes to Chief Election Commissioner, seeks action

Baroda bypoll: Jind SP campaigning for BJP; Sonepat DC, DFSC distributing LPG cylinders: Congress

Former Haryana CM and Leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda during a public meeting in support of Congress candidate Indu Raj Narwal at Gohana in Sonipat on Sunday, November 1, 2020. (PTI Photo)

Sunit Dhawan

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, November 2

The Congress leadership has alleged that the BJP government in Haryana is distributing free LPG cylinders to the voters of Baroda Assembly constituency through the Sonepat Deputy Commissioner (DC), the District Food Supplies Controller (DFSC) and the AFSC in order to influence the voters to vote for the ruling BJP nominee in the by-election.

The party has further alleged that the Jind Superintendent of Police (SP) was campaigning for the ruling party’s candidate. The Congress has accused the BJP government of openly bribing the voters with cash and liquor as well.

Addressing a news conference here today, former Haryana chief minister and Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda said complaints in these regards had been lodged with the Chief Election Commissioner of India as well as the other authorities concerned.

“The BJP leadership has stooped so low that it is openly bribing the voters in view of its definite defeat in the bypoll. But the voters of the constituency cannot be influenced with such cheap tactics,” Hooda maintained.

Rohtak MLA Bharat Bhushan Batra, who accompanied Hooda, stated that the BJP nominee had himself admitted that LPG cylinders were being distributed.

“The party had also brought the matter to the notice of the Returning Officer but no action was taken, owing to which we had to approach the Chief Election Commissioner,” he said.

Firebrand Congress leader Karan Singh Dalal, who was also present on the occasion, quipped that the party had lodged their complaint with the topmost authorities, and they could employ other methods to treat the said officers, if so required.

BJP has violated code of conduct: Haryana in charge of Congress affairs

In-charge of Congress affairs in Haryana Vivek Bansal has also accused the BJP government in Haryana of violating the model code of conduct in the run-up for the Baroda bypoll.

“The BJP leadership is openly distributing cash, liquor and LPG cylinders amongst the voters in an attempt to influence them to vote for the ruling party,” Bansal said in a statement issued today.

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