Dimapur, April 16: The Congress party in Nagaland has filed an FIR against Deputy Chief Minister Y. Patton for serious violation of Election Model Code of Conduct and criminal conduct of impersonation and forgery during the 17th Lok Sabha election on April 11 under 37 Tuyi AC.
The FIR was filed against the DyCM, who is also the State Home Minister, for entering a polling station wearing political party scarf and for indulging in proxy voting.
A NPCC press release said the complaint was filed at Wokha Police Station.
A video posted on social media shows on the election day (April 11) shows the DyCM entering the polling station at Riphyim Old III under 37 Tuyi AC wearing a BJP scarf and carrying multiple voters slip. Nagaland Page cannot vouch for the authenticity of the video.
The video had created uproar among political parties and civil society organizations in the State. The Congress party and the NPF were quick to demand action against the DyCM for poll code violation and election rules, while the ACAUT Nagaland, an anti-corruption body, also demanded action against the DyCM as well as the election officials on duty in the particular polling station.
The Congress on the day of the poll (April 11) had urged the Election Commission of India and the Chief Electoral Officer Nagaland to take cognizance of the “shameful act” by none other than the DyCM and take due action.
The NPF also demanded the CEO Nagaland to immediately take stringent action against Patton, as well as Government officials deputed there as polling officials “for encouraging the allowing such malpractice to take place.”
The ACAUT Nagaland said the onus lies on the Election Commission of India to take appropriate action so that it creates deterrence and to take corrective measures to prevent such blatant violation of election rules in future.
The DyCM, however, had denied violation of any electoral norms, rules and model code of conduct, and had questioned the authenticity of the video. “The authenticity and the intent of the video clip purportedly showing Patton entering the polling station needs scrutiny,” his office had said.
The Returning Officer, Nagaland Parliamentary Constituency, M Patton had also given a clean chit to the DyCM, by stating that on going through the report of the presiding officer and sector magistrate, no discrepancies were observed.
All eyes are now on Wokha police on how it handles the complaint from the Congress party. (Page News Service)