Just a day after INLD and Congress’s Rajya Sabha candidate RK Anand, lost his seat in Haryana, former chief minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda has alleged “conspiracy” and demanded a re-election.
On June 11, 14 of the 17 Congress votes in Haryana Rajya Sabha elections were declared invalid after 12 MLAs ended up using “wrong pen” during the elections.
Though initially many had alleged Hooda to have been behind this ‘mix up,’ a day later Hooda has denied allegation and called it a “conspiracy” to defeat Anand.
Talking about the election, Hooda said:
RK Anand is an well known lawyer who had filed his nomination as an independent candidate.
He was banking on the support of the Congress and Indian National Lok Dal to secure his seat but lost after 14 out of 17 votes from Congress legislators were disqualified for various reasons.
The loss of 14 votes had then turned the tide in favor of BJP-backed media baron Subhash Chandra who ended up wining Haryana’s second RS seat in the state.
When it was discovered 12 of the 14 votes were declared invalid because of “wrong ink,” Hooda blamed the Returning Officer of the election and said that the pen that was used to cast votes was provided by him.
It is believed Congress high command had asked Mr Hooda to explain how his vote and 11 other supporting votes could have been disqualified for being ‘inked’ wrong.
Meanwhile many suspect it could be a deliberate move as Mr Hooda was opposed to Congress backing Mr Anand.