Chattisgarh : The Election Commission has pulled up one Chattisgarh minister after reports of him threatening voters with “electric shock” if not voted to power is making the rounds.
The minister’s threaten was allegedly caught live on camera where he is allegedly seen telling voters that they will get electric shock if they pressed any button other than of the Congress on the Electronic Voting Machine.
“You have to press the first button to vote for Biresh Thakur. The second button will give you a ‘current (shock)’. The third button will also give you one. But we have fixed the first button,” Kawasi Lakhma, minister for excise, commerce and industries, was heard telling voters in Kanker district.
The Election Commission has served a notice to Lakhma after the BJP filed a complaint and he has been asked to issue an explanation in three days. Kanker is scheduled to go to polls in the second phase on Thursday.
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A similar incident was reported from Gujarat on Tuesday where BJP MLA Ramesh Katara told voters that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had installed CCTV camera in all polling booths and he would know which area voted less for the BJP. He was also served a notice by the poll body.