Bogus voting: CM defends MLA K Kunhiraman in Assembly


Pinarayi Vijayan was responding to the submission moved by NA Nellikkunnu regarding bogus voting row.

Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo: Mathrubhumi (FIle)

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has defended Udma MLA K Kunhiraman over the allegations that he threatened the presiding officer during the LSG polls. The CM justified the MLA while addressing the Assembly.

“Kunhiraman is not a person who dares to threaten others. The allegation on bogus voting is a part of some hidden plans,” said the CM dismissing the allegations against the MLA. Pinarayi Vijayan was responding to the submission moved by NA Nellikkunnu regarding bogus voting row.

A polling officer on duty at the GLP school in East Chekapara had complained to the State Election Commission (SEC) recently that K Kunhiraman MLA had threatened him for verifying credentials of voters.

KM Sreekumar, a professor of Agricultural Entomology, Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) at Peelicode, was on election duty as the presiding officer at the polling station.

Sreekumar accused the MLA of silencing him when he raised a dispute over bogus voting during the third phase of the local body polls on December 14.

The Assembly session on Monday witnessed heated arguments as the opposition took the row for a discussion. During the discussion, MLA KC Joseph alleged that bogus voting widely takes place in Kannur and Kasaragod.

Though Joseph moved a notice for an adjournment motion on this subject, the Speaker dismissed it. The state election commission has sought an explanation over the bogus voting row from the district Collector.

(With inputs from PTI)

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