State Cong chief suspects foul play in polls

Thakre said inquiry needs to be made into complaint about low number of votes in assured pockets of the party stronghold.

By: Express News Service | Nagpur | Updated: October 26, 2014 12:26 am

Maharashtara Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief Manikrao Thakre said Saturday that many complaints about surprisingly low number of votes in assured pockets of the party stronghold had been coming from all over the state and that there was need to properly inquire into it.

Thakre was talking to mediapersons here on Saturday.

He said such complaints had come even from other parties.

Asked if he had any doubts about the credibility of electronic voting machines, Thakre said, “It is a matter of research as to how we polled 3-4 votes at booths where we were expecting 80 per cent of votes.”

Asked about the reasons of defeat, Thakre said, “We did a lot for all sections in many sectors but people eventually accepted the promises made to them by the BJP.”

According to state Congress chief, a meeting has been called by party president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi where the party’s performance will be discussed.

Thakre refused to blame former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan for featuring alone in the party’s ad campaign. “As the CM, he tried to project the government’s achievements,” he said.

Asked if his resignation as MPCC chief was accepted, Thakre said, “So far, I haven’t received anything from the party.”

He ruled out the possibility of some Congress MLAs joining the BJP. “All our MLAS are firmly with us,” he said.

About party being wiped out from his home district Yavatmal, where his son Rahul also lost, Thakre said, “Yavatmal results can’t be seen in isolation from rest of the state.”

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