The issue of alleged tampering with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the state assembly elections is being raised by the Congress in a serious manner. After the party’s state unit made a written complaint to the Election Commission early this week, the Congress candidate from Sawai Madhopur constituency Danish Abrar has sent a complaint to the prime minister’s office. Abrar, who lost to BJP’s Diya Kumari, has asked for an examination of the EVMs used and an investigation into the alleged tampering with the machines. Abrar, along with his party colleague Prashant Bairwa, who lost from Tonk’s Niwai seat, addressed a press conference in this regard on Saturday.
“We have requested for a CBI inquiry into the tampering,” Abrar told reporters and alleged that the Rajasthan Election Commission favoured “a particular candidate” from Sawai Madhopur.
Abrar claimed that on the polling day on December 1, the EVM at polling booth no-192 in Sawai Madhopur constituency accepted votes only in favour of a particular candidate, though 12 candidates were in the contest. The malfunctioning was observed two hours after the polling started. “The district collector and the returning officer examined the machine and got it changed on finding the malfunctioning,” said Abrar. “But these votes were later counted on December 8 despite our protest,” he alleged.