Ruckus at Congress Bhavan during polls

ST Correspondent
Friday, 14 September 2018

The observers insisted on old Aadhaar cards as identity proof, while voters had new Aadhaar cards, available only in Maharashtra. The observers, who were from other states, were confused about their authenticity.

Pune: Voters and observers created a ruckus during the Youth Congress election over the issue of identity proof on Wednesday. The observers concluded the voting at 3 pm after the ruckus.

The observers insisted on old Aadhaar cards as identity proof, while voters had new Aadhaar cards, available only in Maharashtra. The observers, who were from other states, were confused about their authenticity.

The city unit of the Congress denied any ruckus, however, party workers confirmed the incident.

The party was conducting the polls for posts of Maharashtra Youth Congress president, District Youth President and constituency-wise youth presidents at Congress Bhavan. 

The Congress had appointed observers from Delhi, Bihar and Assam to conduct the elections. 

The heated exchange between observers and voters resulted in a ruckus damaging the electronic device used for voting.

The observers wound up the voting process before time and went away. 

Ramesh Bagwe, Congress City Unit Chief, told Sakal Times, “The observers wanted the old Aadhaar card but the workers had the smart card. Due to the confusion, there was a misunderstanding. However, the observers will file a report to the high command about voting.”

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