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Vote in the name of religion: M Swaraj has filed an election petition in the High Court against K Babu

Kochi: LDF candidate M Swaraj has filed an election petition in the high court challenging the election of K Babu MLA. The petition alleges election fraud.

The petition alleges that voting in the name of Sabarimala Ayyappan was an election scam under the Representation of the People Act. The slip printed as ‘Ayyappan Oru Vote’ with Ayyappan’s picture and Babu’s picture and symbol was distributed all over the constituency.

Babu spread the word throughout the constituency that the election was between Ayyappan and Swaraj and that if Swaraj won, Ayyappan would lose. Babu wrote on the wall and took the vote that the person who came to tie up Ayyan should be tied up from Ayyan’s hometown. The election, which was won by a majority of only 992 votes, was rigged and Babu’s election should be declared invalid.

The petition was filed by advocates PK Varghese and KS Arunkumar.

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