STATE TIMES NEWS LEH: Congress candidate from Ladakh Parliamentary Constituency, Rigzin Spalbar requested the Chief Election Commissioner of India to disqualify BJP’s candidate, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal from contesting ensuing elections on the ground of alleged violation of Model Code of Conduct. “Namgyal, in his election campaign, is leveling extremely baseless allegations against me with a deliberate intention to malign my honour and dignity among public,” Spalbar wrote to the Chief Election Commissioner. It is pertinent to mention here that in one of his recent public meetings, BJP candidate, in a very sarcastic way, has said that he did not have money because he did not embezzle four crore rupees during ‘Kalachakra Puja’ ceremony of 2014. Besides this, he made several other sarcastic allegations of corruption, clearly targeting his rival candidate from Congress, in an indirect way. “BJP candidate alleged that I took huge commission in purchase of sub-standard pipes for Leh Drainage & Sewerage project, as the then Chairman of the Hill Council. All above allegations are directed against me with the ulterior motive to defame me in public. I have with me the audio-video recording of his election campaign as a proof. I will be separately filing a defamation case against Namgyal in the court of law. In the meanwhile, I request you to take a serious note of my complaint and initiate necessary action against Namgyal and disqualify him from contesting the elections on serious charges of violation of Model Code of Conduct,” he said in his letter. Congress leader, Nawang Rigzin Jora also condemned the allegations BJP candidate made and said that if there was anything against anyone, BJP run LAHDC, which was in power from four years, should have ordered some inquiry than to make such wild accusations on election issue. He said that leveling baseless allegations has never been the political culture of Ladakh over the decades. Responding to media query, BJP candidate, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal confirmed having made those comments but denied making any allegation against Rigzin Spalbar, since he had not named anyone. Meanwhile, President LBA, Tsewang Thinles advised candidates to focus their election campaigns on developmental issues than resorting to personal attacks, accusations and counter accusation.
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