Post Palghar defeat, Uddhav vents ire at poll officer; seeks suspension

ST Correspondent
Friday, 1 June 2018

Mumbai: While denying speculations of withdrawing support to the government, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray raised questions over the election process. He further demanded that the election officer in Palghar should be suspended immediately. 

Thackeray was talking to the media after the Palghar Lok Sabha seat results, which BJP’s Rajendra Gavit won by a huge margin.

Mumbai: While denying speculations of withdrawing support to the government, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray raised questions over the election process. He further demanded that the election officer in Palghar should be suspended immediately. 

Thackeray was talking to the media after the Palghar Lok Sabha seat results, which BJP’s Rajendra Gavit won by a huge margin.

There was speculation that Shiv Sena would announce withdrawal of support to the Fadnavis government, however, Thackeray avoided the question and said that EVM machines and the election process are serious issues, which should be highlighted.

He also indicated that his party will not withdraw support to the Fadnavis government as of now. “But I have already decided and said that there will be no alliance with BJP and Shiv Sena will contest all elections on their own,” Thackeray said. 

“There are complaints about EVMs from the people, which created doubts in my mind about the election process. The whole process has got corrupt and these are serious issues. Does the Election Commission have any control over the election process,” he asked. 

Shiv Sena is considering challenging the election process in the court of law, Thackeray announced. 

“In the last stage of polling in Palghar, the candidates asked to extend the voting timing and the request was sanctioned by the polling officer. After that, the voting increased by one lakh, how is this possible? The government and the Election Commission have to clarify it,” he demanded. 

“If the Election Commissioner is working under the control of the State government, then it is a big threat to the democracy and the Opposition has to think whether the election should be contested or not."

The Sena chief congratulated all winners of bypoll and said that BJP won only two bypolls in the country held recently. 

“Out of 11 by-poll seats, BJP won only two. Four years back, when BJP came to power, it was assumed that BJP will stay in power for next 25 years or so. However, now the situation has changed drastically in just four years. BJP’s downfall has started,” said Thackeray.
 

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