As the Kerala Assembly elections are around the corner, UDF alleges that LDF was trying to influence the voters by distributing social welfare pension along with the postal voting at Kayamkulam. The incident took place at Cheravally Thoppil house which comes under booth number 77 in Kayamkulam constituency. The UDF activists have also released a video of the incident.
A complaint was filed at booth 77 in Kayamkulam municipality alleging serious violation of rules. According to reports, the officials reached the home along with police to register a postal vote for an eighty-year-old woman. They were even accompanied by an employee of Peringala Service Co-operative Bank. When the voting process was progressing, the bank employee was seen counting and handing over the pension amount to the old woman.
Even the official is seen promising them that if the Pinarayi government continues to rule, there will be an increase in pension amount. He said, "This is your pension for two months. Rs 2500 will be given from next month onwards if the government retains power."
Following the incident, Congress is planning to file a complaint with the Alappuzha District Collector and Election Commission seeking strong action. Congress alleges that along with the bank employee, the CPM branch secretary was also present during the incident.
Meanwhile, the polling officials claim that they did not know the bank employees who came to distribute the pension. The District Collector informed that they would conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.