The vote count for the two Rajya Sabha seats in Haryana has been stalled indefinitely today as the ruling BJP complained about cross-voting and when she was rejected by the local observer, she approached the Election Commission in Delhi. Congress also approached the election commission in retaliation, accusing the BJP of being “afraid of the vote counting”.
While BJP candidate Krishan Lal Panwar looks poised to enter the Rajya Sabha from one seat, the battle is beyond the second, between former Union minister Ajay Maken and media lord Kartikeya Sharma, who serves as an independent, backed by the BJP, is fighting.
The BJP called for the cancellation of the votes of two congressmen — Kiran Choudhary and BB Batra — who claimed they had expressed their preference for voting to several persons other than the party agent in violation of voting secrecy. The incident, the BJP insisted, was “properly captured” on cameras.
Mr Maken also wrote to the Election Commission, claiming that the BJP’s objection to code violations was “false and frivolous” with the “sole agenda to defeat the process of free and fair elections”.
In its letter to the Electoral Commission, Congress quoted the poll observer’s written statement that read: I have watched the videography very carefully and found that there is no infringement of the privacy/confidentiality of ballots and therefore the (BJP) application rejected”.
Mr Maken also tweeted the congressional letter and the polling official’s statement, in which he said: “Fearing losing face in Rajya Sabha’s election results, the BJP has resorted to cheap politics blocking vote counting in Haryana .” decision to reject the objections of the BJP. Is democracy still alive in India?””.
Fearing losing face in Rajya Sabha’s election results, the BJP has resorted to cheap politics blocking vote counting in Haryana.
Please see the Returning Officer’s decision to reject the BJP’s objections ????
Is Democracy Still Alive in India? pic.twitter.com/tTltgNkWJN
— Ajay Make (@ajay Make) June 10, 2022
The count was then suspended until the election commission could investigate the matter.
Tension persisted over the vote of Congressional Kuldeep Bishnoi, who made headlines with his cryptic tweets ahead of the polls. After Mr Bishnoi voted early in the day, a congressman claimed he voted in favor of the party. That situation was reversed by midday when the BJP claimed it had voted for Mr Bishnoi. By evening, the congressional camp claimed the BJP’s allegations were false.
Congress has 31 members in the state assembly — just enough to help the candidate win a seat. Kartikeya Sharma has the support of the BJP-JJP combination, most of the Independents, and Gopal Kanda, the only MLA of the Haryana Lokhit party.
The JJP, an ally of the BJP, has 10 lawmakers, while India’s National Lok Dal and Haryana Lokhit Party have one each. There are seven independents.