Assam EVM Row: Election Commission suspends 4 poll officials, orders repoll
Hours after the episode of EVM being shipped in a BJP MLA’s private vehicle set off a debate in survey bound Assam, the Election Commission of India delivered an explanation on the arrangement of occasions that occurred on Thursday night after the second period of casting a ballot deduced in the state.
“This is a criminal act and we demand immediate disqualification of the candidate. This is clear that the BJP is losing in Assam that is why it is using illegal means to win the elections, which is unacceptable,” ANI quoted Congress leader Sushmita Dev as saying.
A ruckus broke out in Assam’s Karimganj on Thursday after locals found an EVM being transported in a vehicle that belonged to BJP candidate Krishnendu Paul. The polling officials reportedly took a ride in the Mahindra Bolero, registered in the name of Paul’s family member, some three kilometers from Karimganj after their own vehicle broke down midway on the way to Patharkandi Vidhan Sabha.
Meanwhile, dubbing the BJP a serial offender in such cases, Congress’s UP General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi, in a series of tweets, sought a serious re-evaluation of the use of EVMs by all national parties. She took a sarcastic dig at the BJP saying, every time the videos of private vehicles caught transporting EVMs surface, the vehicles usually belong to BJP candidates or their associates.
“The Presiding Officer was issued a show-cause notice for violation of the transport protocol. Thereafter, the PO and three other officials have been placed under suspension.” EC said in an official statement.