The Central and State leaders of the Congress on Saturday staged a protest in Guwahati towards the BJP’s alleged manipulation of digital voting machines (EVMs).
State Congress president Ripun Bora additionally wrote to the Election Commission citing one other occasion of EVM ‘theft’ in central Assam’s Diphu after polling officers in southern Assam’s Karimganj district have been ‘caught’ carrying EVMs within the automobile of the spouse of a BJP candidate on April 1.
In a letter to Assam’s Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade on Saturday, Mr. Bora mentioned a number of EVMs have been discovered by native folks within the trunk of a luxurious automotive “not requisitioned for election purpose” close to the Hatipura polling station in Karbi Anglong district headquarters Diphu “under mysterious circumstances”.
“Several EVMs were seized from a vehicle in Jamunamukh constituency [central Assam], which were being carried by government officials in the absence of any security personnel. No security personnel were present in the vehicle,” the grievance mentioned.
The occasion additionally sniffed foul play in western Assam’s Kalaigaon constituency the place an EVM was discovered lacking and raised problems with EVM malfunctioning in 139 polling stations throughout 5 districts throughout elections on April 1.
Mr. Bora’s letter additionally complained about suspicious people “seen loitering within a restricted area of the strongroom set in Dibrugarh” and urged the ballot panel to “cause enquiries and take legal actions against all individuals found guilty”.
An accident involving a automobile carrying EVMs allegedly with none armed escort in southern Assam’s Silchar city drew the eye of the Congress and its ally All India United Democratic Front too.
The Cachar district authorities trashed any mischief. “These were unused EVMs being brought to the strongroom from an intermediate strongroom for stock-taking,” a district official mentioned.