New Delhi: The re-polling for the two Rajya Sabha seats from Jharkhand will be conducted with the Election Commission recommending the cancellation of voting held on Friday over the alleged horse trading.

The RS polls in state have been cancelled after alleged seizer of Rs 2 crore from the car of an independent candidate RK Agarwal’s relative.

Chief Election Commissioner SY Qureshi- headed three member bench said, “The serious irregularities have been found in the RS poll in the state.”

Given the EC’s stern order on the issue, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil is unlikely to consider the appeal made by Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and the Congress candidates seeking the counting of votes.
Despite the seizer of Rs 2 crore, the EC has found evidences of alleged horse trading in the RS polls from the state. Following which, the election body had on Friday recommended the President to cancel the RS polls held on Friday.

In its orders, the EC mentioned that the RS polls in Jharkhand have not been conducted in free and fare manner. Therefore, the entire poll process should be annulled.

Under the Section 21 of the article 324 of the constitution of India, the EC has recommended the President to set aside the notification issued for RS polls in Jharkhand.

JMM candidate Sanjiv Kumar and Congress nominee Pradeep Balmuchu have sought appointment with the President citing that since the polling has already been conducted and no irregularities have been found at the booth.

They requested to the EC that no election be cancelled. The leaders, however, sought to take action against the horse traders.

Sources said, Pradeep Balmuchu has apprised the party high command of the issue but is unlikely to get relief from the President.

Meanwhile Qureshi made it clear that the re-polling for the Upper House in Jharkhand would be conducted before the President elections.

JPN/Bureau