The Congress will move the Supreme Court against the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) decision on the Manipur government releasing funds for banned militant groups under a ceasefire agreement, All India Congress Committee (AICC) observer Jairam Ramesh said on Saturday.
In a tweet, Mr. Ramesh said large payments to militant groups “murdered” elections in 11 seats.
The opposition party alleged that these funds were not released for a long time but now it has been done to influence the polls. The Congress further alleged that the banned Kuki organisation had started intimidating voters to support the BJP.
“Shockingly ECI held large payments to banned militant groups made on 1.1.22 & 1.3.22 by Manipur Govt do not violate Model Code of Conduct. They do & I’m petitioning Supreme Court. Payments were suddenly released during (the) poll period after (a) long gap. It murdered elections in 11 seats!” Jairam Ramesh said in a tweet on Saturday.
On Friday, Ramesh and former Law Minister Salman Khurshid submitted a memorandum to the ECI, in which they alleged militant outfits were trying to influence the polls by intimidating voters.
Polling for the second and last phase of assembly elections in Manipur began at 7 am in 22 constituencies across six districts.
(With inputs from agencies)