New Delhi: A day ahead of elections in national capital, the Congress party on Saturday approached the Election Commission of India (ECI) accusing the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of influencing voters by propagating ‘false’ survey results through automated phone calls. The grand old party alleged that such calls are a clear violation of the Representation of People Act, 1951, and the Model Code of Conduct, and also violate the 48 hours campaigning prohibition.
“The Commission is urged and requested to take immediate notice of the matter, investigate the same, and ensure that such calls and other similar tactics are discontinued immediately, and the individuals or organisations which have facilitated such flagrant violations of electoral laws, be brought to justice as per the provisions of the law, including but not limited to the registration of criminal case,” the complaint filed by Romila Dhawan, the election agent of the party’s northeast Delhi candidate and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said.
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According to the complaint, people have been receiving phone calls from various numbers, which when picked up, play an automated message purporting to be the result of a survey in which the person receiving the call has participated.
“The message names political parties and completely random and inexplicable percentages against their particulars. The message conveys that the result of the survey in which the receiver of the call has ostensibly participated is that AAP got 47 per cent, BJP 37 per cent and Congress 11 per cent votes,” the complaint added.
Though the complaint does not name the AAP but Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera, at a press conference alleged that these were tactics adopted by the AAP ‘since it knew it was losing in the polls as the battle is between the Congress and the BJP’. Speaking to reporters Khera claimed that the AAP was using a call centre to make such calls to voters.