An FIR has been registered against Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ajit Pawar, for threatening residents of a village in the Baramati constituency to vote for her cousin and party chief Sharad Pawar’s daughter, Supriya Sule, or their water supply would be cut off.
The video allegedly shows Pawar threatening villagers and telling them to vote for his cousin and warning them that EVM machines can be checked to see who voted for Sule and who did not.
A complaint has been registered by former IPS officer and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Baramati, Suresh Khopde, in Vadgaon police in Pune district two days ago.
A copy of the recording, which does not show Pawar clearly, is with Election Commission, which will now conduct a voice analysis test to ascertain if the NCP leader was in the video.
Meanwhile, NCP has come out in support of Pawar and said that the video is fake and that the party will take action against those who circulated it.
The FIR has reportedly been registered under Sections 171 C (undue influence at elections) and 171F (punishment for undue influence or personation at an election) of the IPC.
Meanwhile, Pune police has given Pawar a clean chit in the case claiming that no villager came forward to speak against the leader.
The police has submitted the incident report to the district collector.