New Delhi, June 12: Former Chief Minister of Haryana, Bhupinder Singh Hooda lashed out at the Election Commission officials who conducted the polls for Rajya Sabha in legislative assembly on Saturday. Hooda has accused the polling body of deliberately cancelling the votes of 14 Congress MLAs on accusation using wrong ink. Also Read - Faridabad Murder Sparks Outrage: Both Accused Arrested, Haryana Govt Ensures Quick Probe
“Out of the 14 votes rejected, 12 were given to Independent candidate R K Anand. If the ink used was wrong, they should question the Returning Officer who provided our MLAs with the pen,” Hooda said. Also Read - Caught on Camera: 21-year-old Girl Shot Dead Outside College in Faridabad
“This is a conspiracy against us. If the election machinery is involved, then it is a sign of danger for our democracy,” the veteran Congress leader added. Also Read - Masked Men Loot Over Rs 7 Lakh From PNB Branch in Haryana
Hooda has demanded the Election Commission to probe the matter. Congress is expected to move to the Court seeking re-election for Rajya Sabha from Haryana.
In the polls conducted yesterday, Union Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh won in an easy manner. Meanwhile, the BJP-backed candidate, media baron Subhash Chandra was pitted against Congress-backed independent candidate R K Anand.
Hooda was among the 14 MLAs whose votes were declared invalid yesterday. Although, party insiders felt that Hooda deliberately scripted the drama as he was opposed to the backing of R K Anand, the former CM has denied such allegations, and has instead accused polling officials of being hand in glove with the BJP.