chandigarh mayoral election controversy unveiled

The controversy surrounding the Chandigarh mayoral election shows no signs of abating. Just hours after the Supreme Court criticized the annulment of votes during the Chandigarh mayoral election as a mockery of democracy, the Aam Aadmi Party released a video on Monday showing alleged misconduct by the presiding officer. The video purportedly shows the presiding officer, Anil Masih, engaging in unauthorized tampering with ballots before declaring them invalid. The party claims this video is concrete evidence of BJP’s authoritarianism.

New Footage Emerges of Returning Officer Amidst the Chandigarh mayoral election controversy, another twist emerged when a new, clearer video surfaced on social media showing Presiding Officer Anil Masih allegedly signing ballots. The footage captured by CCTV cameras in the hall has him caught in the act.

The footage shows Anil Masih signing ballots, raising questions about the impartiality of the January 30 elections, which saw victory for the BJP candidate. AAP MP Swati Maliwal also shared the new video, claiming that Masih was caught red-handed. This new video surfaced shortly after the Supreme Court reprimanded the returning officer, Masih, for a few hours. The Supreme Court had ordered the footage of the ballots and voting process to be preserved. Additionally, the Supreme Court has summoned Anil Masih to appear personally during the next hearing scheduled for February 19.

Your Demand, Elections to be Conducted Anew The Supreme Court’s directive came when you challenged the High Court’s decision to deny interim relief on the petition seeking fresh elections for the mayor of Chandigarh. The High Court had refused any interim relief on the plea of the party demanding fresh mayoral elections in Chandigarh. The BJP emerged victorious in the Chandigarh mayoral election held on January 30, defeating the Congress-AAP alliance and retaining all three seats.

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