Meghalaya: Video of minister stopping voters from casting votes go viral

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SHILLONG | March 01, 2019:

A video of Transport Minister, Sniawbhalang Dhar preventing voters who are not in favour of his candidate from casting their votes in West Jaintia Hills on Feb 27 stormed the internet since last night and action against the minister has been sought.

Dhar's action has gathered flaks from several quarters even as concerned citizens demand strict actions against the minister for flouting model code of conduct.

In the video, Dhar was seen telling some voters at Ummulong polling station to leave the polling station.

"Those who are against my candidate cannot stand in the queue and should leave the polling station," Dhar said in the video.

When contacted, Transport Minister, Sniawbhalang Dhar has denied the allegations.

According to Dhar, the people who had came to cast their votes had not respect the arrangement made by the local committee adding that they were refusing to stand in the queue.

"Due to the lack of discipline among the people, I had to shout that only those who are standing in the queue would be allowed to cast their votes. I had said that the people who are refusing to stand the queue should be chased out," he said.

He said that in the video, he had never stated to vote for the NPP, UDP or Congress candidate.

"There was a misinterpretation of the statement in the video which was circulated through the social media," Transport Minister.

Meanwhile, he informed that he has filed an FIR to find out the person who has taken video.

"I have been told that the crime branch is looking after this case," Dhar added.

Sources informed that a complaint has been lodged with the deputy commissioner of West Jaintia Hills in this regard and an investigation has been ordered.

Interestingly, Commissioner and Secretary in charge of District Council Affairs department, Tining Dkhar had on Wednesday stated that there was no poll code violation during the electoral process.

It may be mentioned that recently, video of an alleged attempt by NPP men to distribute money to voters at Mawkhar-Pynthorumkhrah on the eve of ADC polls went viral on social media platforms. NPP candidate representing the constituency, PN Syiem, who is also he former CEM of KHADC had denied the allegations and stated that the money was meant for his polling agents on the day of the polling.