Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has written to the Election Commission of India accusing Haryana’s Minister of State for Cooperatives Manish Grover of voter intimidation, two days after the state voted in the sixth phase of general elections.
The Congress has been accusing Grover of forcing his way into polling booths with “50 goons” and intimidating voters—complaints that led election officials to restrict the minister’s movements until voting ended on May 12.
Azad, who is leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha and the All India Congress Committee general secretary in charge of Haryana, has demanded appropriate action, says he was “surprised that despite such misuse of power in order to terrorise the polling process”, no action was taken.
His letter reads: "I was completely shocked to hear the set of circumstances enumerated before me by a delegation (of District Congress Committee, Rohtak). I have seen the videos shown to me by the delegation, I was completely taken aback by brazen misuse of muscle power by Shri Manish Grover, Minister of State, Government of Haryana, along with fifty goons and a history-sheeter namely Ramesh Lohar, in 10 cars who were carrying arms, two fake number-plates, 15 cartridges of .32 bore entered in booth numbers 142, 143, 145, 146, 149 and 150 of Rohtak city in 7-Rohtak Parliamentary Constituency along with official police commandos in order to sabotage and influence the ongoing polling for Parliamentary elections in Rohtak city”.