Modi government used money, muscle power to subvert RS poll

Modi government used money, muscle power to subvert RS polls: Congress

New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday accused the Narendra Modi government of using money and muscle power to subvert the election process during the Rajya Sabha polls.

“The Modi government has used money and muscle power during the Rajya Sabha elections – just as they did to throttle democracy in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh,” party spokesperson R.P.N. Singh said while addressing a press conference here.

The Congress reaction came after three of its MLAs were stopped from casting their votes in Jharkhand.

“Arrest warrants were issued against three of the Congress MLAs in Jharkhand and two of them were stopped from casting their vote,” Singh said.

“The timing of issuing the warrant is important,” he said, accusing the BJP of misusing its power to win the elections.

The BJP won both the Rajya Sabha seats from Jharkhand, while the lone Jharkhand Mukti Morcha candidate who was also supported by the Congress faced defeat.

“Congress has won all the Rajya Sabha seats it had contested during these elections,” Singh informed the reporters.

All prominent Congress faces including P. Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, Jairam Ramesh, Oscar Fernandes have registered victories.

With the election of these leaders, the party has strengthened itself in the Rajya Sabha despite dwindling numbers, political observers said.

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