The mystery with EVMs continue…
Several reports on alleged foul play with EVMs have emerged from Madhya Pradesh. While citizens are encouraged to come out and vote in large numbers, such incidents triggering a controversy soon after voting, only shatters the confidence of a voter.
An EVM strong room in Bhopal is under the scanner which was left without electricity for nearly two hours on Friday. This completely disrupted the live status of the machines. While an officer clarified that they switched off CCTV cameras a day earlier, since the ‘safety norms’ suggest that ‘there should be no power connection in the room where the electronic voting machines are kept’, this surely raises great suspicion on the happenings behind closed doors while the cameras were off.
At the day end on 28th November, after 48 hours that the polling ended, a group of polling officers arrived with EVMs at the strong room in Sagar. Reports of the seal missing on the main gate of Bhopal strong room emerged this time. However, Collector Sudama Khade denied that the seal on the main gate was tampered with.
The local Congress leaders and workers protested in Sagar and did not allow the machines to be deposited in the strong room. Addressing their complaint, the district collector Alok Singh summoned the machines to the Collectorate. While Singh said the EVMs were being verified at the Collectorate and a report on the slack officers has been forwarded to the Election Commission, he also claimed that the machines which arrived in Sagar on Friday were the reserve machines.
Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi assured that the party had nothing against the EC, but suspected severe foul play by BJP to hijack the final results. He said,
“The LED screen outside the strong room was not operational for an hour and a half in Bhopal on Friday. The poll officers reached the strong room in Sagar with 50 EVMs from Khurai Assembly seat on Friday, when the deadline for submitting the machines was for midnight on November 28,” alleged Chaturvedi.
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अपने बदलाव का अपना दायित्व निभाया कि नहीं ? आपका एक वोट,आपका का भविष्य तय करेगा।@INCMP#वक़्त_है_बदलाव_का #मध्यप्रदेश #MadhyaPradeshElections2018 #MadhyaPradesh pic.twitter.com/ZF78PqrUam
— Pankaj Chaturvedi (@PankajC_INC) November 28, 2018
Apprehensive of tampering with the EVMs, the Congress even deployed party workers outside strong rooms at several places, including Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur.
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In the meanwhile, one video has gone viral on social media which claims that election officers, while on official duty, were stationed at a hotel in Madhya Pradesh along with EVMs. The online users have also alleged that this hotel is owned by a BJP Leader.
Priyanka Chaturvedi, Congress Media-in-Charge for MP Elections, has raised serious concerns on the development over the video where EVMs were found in BJP Leader owned hotel in Shujalpur. She has also attributed these dirty tricks as an indicator of BJP’s defeat.
The developments in MP as EVMs r found in BJP leader owned hotel in Shujalpur, CCTVs not functioning in strong rooms&EVMs recovered in Khurrai raise serious questions. Election Commission needs to address this on a priority. An indicator of BJPs defeat hence these dirty tricks.
— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) November 30, 2018
Congress workers in outside the building where EVMs are kept in Bhopal.. Congress workers are alleging that morning shots of strongroom, where EVMs have being kept, are being shown on LED… They are protesting why live shots of strongroom not being shown? #MadhyaPradesh pic.twitter.com/tOgqk23lU9
— Supriya Bhardwaj (@Supriya23bh) November 30, 2018
Another video of suspicious boxes being moved into the strong room.. from Satna
— Arvind Jha (@jalajboy) December 1, 2018
If this is not how #EVM s are manipulated what is. The entire evm chain is compromised . The BJP purposely gets defeated in small elections to show their is no theft . The present EC chief was on phone talking about fixing SC judges.
I take responsibility for what I tweet pic.twitter.com/09jZoEwDUQ
— Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) November 30, 2018
Govt employees on election duty in MP staying at a local hotel owned by a BJP leader along with EVM's…!
Sarkar bi unki, EVM bi unka. pic.twitter.com/UOTMMy6cnP
— Salman Nizami (@SalmanNizami_) November 29, 2018
मैंने कहा था की 5 मिनट के लिए अगर EVM मिल जाए तो उसको टेम्पर किया जा सकता है ।
भाजपा और इलेक्शन कमिशन ने कहा – सवाल ही नहीं उठता, EVM मशीन हमेशा हाई सिक्यरिटी में रहती है, सरकारी सेफ़ में सुरक्षित।
भाजपा और इलेक्शन कमिशन झूठ बोल रहे थे।
भाजपा नेता के होटेल में EVM देखो !!! pic.twitter.com/DbMfqI9RxY
— Saurabh Bharadwaj (@Saurabh_MLAgk) November 30, 2018
@KPadmaRani1 Hotel Raj Mahal
Officers on Election Duty found with EVM Machines in BJP leaders' Hotels #MadhyaPradeshElections are fixed @Barmer_Harish@SachinPilot@ashokgehlot51@NDTVElections @IndiaToday @INCIndia @priyankac19 pic.twitter.com/TQDrNRSee6
— S.M.M. Barhmand (@MBarhmand) November 29, 2018
Hotel Raj Mahal
Officers on Election Duty found with EVM Machines in BJP leaders' Hotels #MadhyaPradeshElections are fixed @NDTVElections @IndiaToday @INCIndia @rssurjewala @sardesairajdeep @priyankac19 pic.twitter.com/brO6hi98vB
— Padma Rani INDIAN (@KPadmaRani1) November 29, 2018
#MadhyaPradeshElections are fixed
Will EC ban EVMs or ensure BJP fools the people once again? pic.twitter.com/8M02XL3VI6
— Padma Rani INDIAN (@KPadmaRani1) November 29, 2018
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— vakeel (@i4u090909) November 29, 2018
EC is just working under the directions of Modi. shame on EC. Courts should intervene and take duo motto action.
— sivakumar (@msiva1957) November 29, 2018
It's a visible evidence about BJP and Elections Commission. Please rt it with your comment now.
— Pravesh (@mizter4you) November 29, 2018
Bjp modi do not do any work of development, still they are always confident to win election, as bjp work to interchange evm ,directing only to bjp is their game,evm must be banned for real democracy to stand
— Dr. Ranu Begum (@ranumini) November 29, 2018
According to AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj, EVMs are found in a hotel room in MP. It might be a coincidence that the hotel is said to be owned by a BJP leader!
— Ravi Nair (@t_d_h_nair) December 1, 2018