Former Health Minister and state BJP general secretary Rajiv Bindal, who was party candidate from Nahan assembly segment, has come under the scanner of the Election Commission (EC) for allegedly trying to track and influence service voters, which can land him in trouble for violating the model code of conduct.
Rajiv Bindal’s insistence on seeking the postal ballot for about 100 service employees from Nahan can land him in trouble. Chief Electoral Officer Narinder Chauhan confirm the reports and stated that the reports that Bindal was tracking service voters and was trying to influence them, which amounts to a violation of the model code of conduct.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) is seized of the matter and has directed the state Chief Electoral Officer to take strict note of this fact as the action hints at the BJP leader trying to influence service voters.
Sources have disclosed that 470 of the 680 ballot papers issued in Nahan have been cast. With 28 days to go for counting, the casting of more votes is expected. The votes can be received till 8 am on the day of counting. The ECI has sought daily reports on the status of the postal ballot due to the pressure tactics exerted by some candidates.