Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, June 28 :
Two Congress and a BJD leader, who were defeated in the last Assembly elections on Friday submitted petitions before the Odisha High Court, challenging the poll results on the ground that there were manipulations and errors in both polling and counting.
The Congress candidates from the Bhawanipatna constituency Dushmant Nayak and Mohana constituency Dasarathi Gamang as well as the BJD candidate from Chilika constituency Raghunath Sahu have, in separate petitions, prayed before the High Court to consider countermanding the elections in their respective constituencies for the erroneous and dubious methods of counting of votes.
In his petition, Dushmant Nayak has complained of foul play because the total number of votes counted is 7,000 more than the actual number of votes cast during polling in his constituency.
Dasarathi Gamang ( Mohana) who lost by just 115 votes to the BJD candidate has submitted documents that show 700 votes which were not cast in the first place were counted.
The BJD candidate from Chilika Raghunath Sahu who lost by a small margin of 500 votes has alleged that gross irregularities and errors in the counting process has led to his defeat.
Odishasuntimes.com had carried a series of reports on the massive discrepancy in polling and counting figures across the state.