People spearheaded by LJP, NPP, INC and independent candidates of Thanlon Assembly Constituency marched a silent rally in Churachandpur denouncing poll rigging and life threats to voters.
LJP candidate Thangkhangin, NPP candidate T Nengzakham Tombing, INC candidate Chinkholal Thangsing and an Independent candidate P Khamsanglian in Thanlon constituency yesterday expressed that they are deeply shocked and appalled at the blatant use of force, intimidation, coercion of voters and booth capturing by the BJP candidate and his workers on the polling day of the first phase polls.
They have alleged that an armed group that is presently under Suspension of Operation pact incited fear among voters to cast their vote for the BJP candidate. The militants threatened the voters of dire consequences and demanded 80-90 per cent vote from the polling agents.
“They terrified the voters and prevented voters and the polling agents from their duties. In some of the polling stations, voters who are not in favour of BJP were prevented from casting their votes and the EVM machines were tampered using bamboo sticks by tapping up the entire button except BJP”, asserted the four candidates.
The high rate of polling percentage which is 80.97 as against 43.63 in the last election is also a clear indication of the booth capturing, they added.
It is reported that these candidates had sought re-poll in the entire Assembly segment, but re-poll has been ordered for 21 booths.