Mon, 27 May, 2019

Cong wants Kunal removed, apprehends BJP-promoted trouble on polling day

17th May 2019, 06:47 Hrs


PANAJI:
The Congress on Thursday, citing the Election Commission of India (ECI) biased act of curtailing campaigning in West Bengal, demanded the removal of a "biased" Kunal, IAS, who is the Chief Electoral Officer in Goa and apprehended that the 'nervous' BJP will foment trouble on Sunday when polling for the Panjim seat is slated to be held.
Congress spokesperson Trajano D'Mello said the party had already written to the Election Commission of India urging it to remove Kunal as CEO of Goa after the latter's phony clarification pertaining to the polling day fiasco in a booth at Cuncolim on April 23 wherein mock votes for other parties registered as votes for the BJP.
"We demand again now that he should be removed as the CEO at the earliest because he is biased towards BJP," Trajan said.
"The BJP and the CEO are together and will harass the Congress. You cannot discount the possibility that a nervous BJP may foment law and order trouble before the by-elections on May 19, like in Bengal," he added.
D'Mello, who addressed a press conference at the Congress headquarters along with Congress state president, Girish Chodankar and Opposition Leader, Chandrakant Kavlekar, said the party had written on May 2 to the Election Commission to remove Kunal.
The complaint was filed soon after the CEO issued the press statement explaining the April 23 malfunction of the EVM during mock poll as votes going in favour of the Congress and not the BJP as originally reported.