In the attempt of “wooing” the voters, candidate are trying every kind of persuasion in store. But Ramesh Katara, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s MLA from Fatehpur, has took the route of threatening to keep the vote bank to favour Modi.
At a public rally in Dahod Lok Sabha constituency, he told the voters that PM Modi had installed CCTV cameras across all polling stations and so he would know which booth polled how many votes for the BJP and that the government would provide less funds to areas where less votes will be polled for the BJP.
“This time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has fitted CCTV cameras in every polling booth to watch who votes for BJP and who votes for Congress. He would watch sitting in Delhi and if BJP get less votes from a particular booth, the area will get less government grants,’’ Media reported him saying in the rally. He was campaigning for BJP’s Jashvantsinh Bhabhor who is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Dahod seat.
The video of the incident has been making rounds on social media and has piped up controversy. Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Manish Doshi had said that they would file a complaint against Katara to the Election Commission. “We wish that EC will take impartial action against the BJP MLA and ensure free and fair elections are held in Gujarat,” Doshi said.
This is the second time BJP is accused of threatening the voters to vote in favor of them. Recently on April 6th, BJP’s Waghodia MLA, Madhu Srivastava, had threatened the voters with ‘dire consequences’ if they did not vote for the BJP. The Congress had then filed a complaint with the poll panel. He was canvassing for BJP candidate and sitting Vadodara MP Ranjan Bhatt.
The voting on all 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat will be held on April 23.