Ahead of Telangana state election, the Congress today approached the Election Commission (EC) seeking withdrawal of pink ballot papers pasted on EVMs.
The party said that the colour was associated in the state with the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and this might influence the voters.
In its memorandum to the EC, the Congress pleaded for withdrawal of a direction to procure 9 lakh pink ballot papers for the December 7 Assembly elections.
It need be mentioned that the Election Commission is tasked with the conduct of free and fair elections under the Constitution.
The state Congress has also challenged the decision before Chief Electoral officer Rajat Kumar.
However, the state’s top poll panel official has said the pink-ballot papers pasted on EVMs were in accordance to the provisions of the Representation of People Act.>