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CBI survey predicts victory, says Danve; AAP goes to EC

April 25, 2019 05:30 AM

COURTESY TOI APRIL 25

CBI survey predicts victory, says Danve; AAP goes to EC
Prasad.Joshi@timesgroup.com

Aurangabad:

The Jalna unit of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has lodged a complaint against state BJP chief Raosaheb Danve over his controversial statement that a “survey carried out by CBI” predicted a win for him by over 2.6 lakh votes from Jalna Lok Sabha constituency.


Danve made the assertion while addressing businessmen and traders as a part of his election campaign at his hometown Jalna on April 20. A video of his speech, available with TOI, shows Danve claiming that he had received a report from the CBI which states that he is the favourite candidate in the assembly constituencies of Aurangabad and Jalna districts. “Even in Sillod, where my lead of votes happens to be relatively lower every time, I will be gaining 68% votes, while Congress will get 28% votes. I am not lagging behind in terms of votes in any of the talukas. Going by the overall calculation, I will be winning by more than 2.6 lakh votes,” he said.

In a complaint to the election authorities, AAP objected to the misuse of the country’s premier investigation agency during poll campaigning. “By saying the CBI indulges in predicting poll outcomes, Danve tried to create a wrong impression in the minds of people of this country about the CBI. Moreover, if it is true that the CBI did such a survey, then action must be taken against the officials concerned,” the AAP complaint said.

AAP leader from Jalna Mukul Nikalje said mention of the CBI in a poll survey by Danve is a matter of grave concern. “He is the chief of the ruling party in the state. His comments cannot be ignored. We demand an inquiry by the Election Commission,” he said.

Danve could not be reached for comment. A senior BJP leader said it might have been a slip of tongue. “He might have intended to refer to some other agency. The party carries out an internal survey. The use of the CBI for this is out of the question.” Danve has goofed in the past too, when he twice referred to the martyred CRPF jawans in the Pulwama attack as “terrorists”

 
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