Sharad Pawar sparks row by urging party workers to vote twice in Lok Sabha polls
Union minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday sparked a row by asking his party workers to take advantage of the multi-phase polling in the state.He has asked supporters for voting twice – first at their hometowns and then at places of work.
Addressing the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) workers in Navi Mumbai, Pawar said, in 2009, the polling in Satara and Mumbai was held on the same day (Pichli baar voting ek hi din hui thi to kam voting hui. Is baar alag alag din voting hai), so the voting was not good, but this time polling in Satara is scheduled on April 17 while in Mumbai, it is being held on April 24. So, he went on add, they can vote at two places taking advantage of the multi-phase voting.
“Is baar Satara aur Mumbai me alag alag din matdan ho raha hai, to aap sab pehle Satara me vote karo fir 24 tarikh ko Mumbai me aa kar vote karo (Since polling is being held on different dates, you first vote in Satara and then Mumbai,” Pawar told party workers, adding, they”must not forget to erase the ink mark” after voting so that they can vote again. “Lekin ye karte waqt hath par lagi syahi pochna mat
bhulna,” Pawar told the party workers.
Pawar’s comment in the wake of NCP MLC Dhananjay Munde having disclosed that in the 2009 polls, he had at the behest of his uncle and BJP leader Gopinath Munde facilitated bogus voting in Beed district. He had added he would ensure that “there is no bogus voting(in favour of my uncle)”.