The crowd saw the BJP candidate’s car being used to strengthen the EVMs after the vote.
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The incident on Friday sparked a major controversy, with the opposition Congress and the AIUDF being accused of ‘stealing’ the EVM. After the video of the incident went viral on social media, the Election Commission suspended the officials of four polling parties and ordered re-polling at the respective booths.
The officer said the presiding officer and three other activists of the polling party at Indira MV School No. 149 in Ratbari assembly constituency were coming to Karimganj to submit their EVMs after the vote when their vehicle was damaged. ‘
“The polling party got into a private car but the car was accidentally registered in the name of the wife of BJP MLA Krishnendu Paul from Patharkandi,” the district administration official said. When they reached the Nimal Bazaar area, they saw some people.
Paul is the BJP candidate from Patharkandi in this election, and Ratwadi is currently representing Vijay Malakar and he is also in the fray in this election. Most of the crowd were AIUDF and Congress supporters and claimed that EVMs were being taken with the intention of tampering with the BJP candidate’s car.
Within minutes, according to eyewitnesses, a crowd of about a hundred people gathered there and they vandalized the car and tried to abuse the officers, causing the cowardly workers to leave the EVM vehicle. “The deputy commissioner and superintendent of police immediately rushed to the spot and tried to calm the crowd but the crowd was not ready to listen and the police had to shoot in the air to disperse them,” police sources said.
He said the deputy commissioner and superintendent of police brought the EVM to Patharkandi police station and from there he was taken to the strong room in Karimnagar town. The second phase of polling was held in Ratbari and Patharkandi constituencies on Thursday. BJP candidate Paul described the allegation of interference in the EVM as unreasonable, saying that his brother was present in the car when the incident took place and he only picked up the voters due to faulty vehicles.
Paul said, “I am from Patharkandi and EVM Ratwadi. What could be the reason for their manipulation in such a situation? Anyway, Vijay Malakar is winning the Ratbari seat by at least 40,000 votes. Why would the BJP try to humiliate him?”
The Election Commission said in a statement that the presiding officer and three other officials had been suspended for violating transport rules. The Election Commission said in a statement, “Although the seal of the EVMs was correct, it has been decided to re-vote at Ratabari (Su) LAC 1 Polling Station No. 149 Indira MV School.
A report from a special observer has also been summoned, the statement said. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has targeted the BJP over the incident. He tweeted, “EC’s car is broken, BJP’s motives are bad, democracy is deteriorating.”
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Bhadra said the Election Commission should take decisive action on reports of carrying EVMs in a private vehicle and re-evaluate the use of EVMs by all parties. In multiple tweets, he claimed that every time during the election a video of a private vehicle comes up which is usually caught carrying BJP and EVMs.
In a statement issued in Delhi, the Election Commission said it had summoned the report from the state’s special observer. Congress ally Badruddin Ajmal said the incident showed an attempt to steal ‘EVMs’ as the BJP was losing the election.
He tweeted, “Polarization?” Failed, bought votes? Failed to purchase candidates? Failed? Joomla bet? Two chief ministers have failed? Two kinds of things failed at CAA? Failed to consider the last driver of the defeated BJP, stealing EVMs, killing democracy.
Pradyut Bardolai, a member of the Lok Sabha and chairman of the Assam Congress election campaign committee, said, “Why shouldn’t the BJP accept a tragic defeat in the Assam elections?” There will be nothing better with EVM theft and result manipulation. Assam will not forgive even if the Election Commission forgives. ”
Gaurav Gogoi, chairman of the Congress manifesto committee, said the Election Commission needed to protect itself as public confidence had waned, adding that there was only one “script” in every election. The newly formed Riser party also held a press conference in Guwahati and condemned the carrying of EVMs in the BJP candidate’s car, saying it was a sign of the party’s defeat.
Party adviser Sitnath Lahkar said, “We have heard many incidents not only in Karimganj but also in other constituencies.” There are reports from Shivsagar constituency where Akhil Gogoi is fighting, there are also reports of some irregularities with EVMs. ”