After defeat, Cong alleges EVM tampering in Guj civic polls
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 21:41
Ahmedabad: Following defeat in the recent elections in six municipal corporations in the state, the Gujarat Congress on Thursday alleged that the EVMs used during the polls were tampered with, and claimed that it was the "machine magic", which did the trick for BJP.

"Records show that till 4 pm the percentage of voting was around 20-25 in most of the state. Then in the last one hour nearly 15-20 per cent votes were cast. Now how is that possible," senior Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela told reporters here.

"All EVMs have been made by a Hyderabad-based company for the state government eight years ago. Therefore, it is the state government which has control over them. I believe that they have tampered with the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs)," Vaghela alleged.

"It is not Modi magic, but machine magic which has brought victory to the BJP. The municipal polls do not reflect public opinion," he said.

The former Union Textile minister also demanded an enquiry into the matter and demanded that a committee comprising of members of BJP, Congress and technical experts be constituted to enquire about the EVMs.

Gujarat Congress President Siddharth Patel said that by tampering EVMs BJP had tampered with the public opinion.

"The EVMs used during the polls are old and of outdated technology. Voting preference of a voter could be tampered using the simple bluetooth technology available today," Patel alleged.

"The EVMs need to be checked as these machines have been made for the state government by a private company and not by the Central Election Commission," he added.

Patel further alleged that a technical expert from the US was called specially for the poll by the chief minister's office. "This confirms our doubts that the EVMs were tempered with by the state government," he said.

He added that they would also introspect on party's defeat in the all six municipal corporation elections, the results of which were declared on Tuesday.

Out of the six municipal corporation the BJP won five (Ahmedabad, Surat Rajkot, Vadodara and Bhavnagar) with two-third majority while one (Jamnagar) was won by saffron party with simple majority.

In run up to the polls, a number of Congress workers had protested against the party after they were denied tickets for the municipal polls.

There were also a couple of incidents of violence where the workers had ransacked ward offices of the party in some areas.


First Published: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 21:41

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