Paswan urges EC to take measures to prevent tampering of EVMs

Patna: Expressing concern that the EVMs could be tampered with during transportation, LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday urged the Election Commission (EC) to ensure the safety of EVMs.

"I have heard from sources that there could be possibility of tampering of the EVMs during transportation to polling booths. If this is remotely true, it is a matter of serious concern," he told reporters here.

It was the responsibility of the EC to ensure a free and fair polls and, hence, it should take all precautionary measures to prevent tampering of the EVMs, he said.

He wondered why machines were being used in India when developed countries have been using paper ballots to conduct polls.

Referring to non-availability of EPIC or allied documents to some 600 voters belonging to dalit communities in Kumhrar assembly constituency in Patna district, he urged the EC to ensure that these electorates got their documents to exercise their franchise.

Meanwhile, Paswan's actor son Chirag today questioned the NDA government's claim of development in Bihar during its five years' rule and said if it was so, then why hordes of people were migrating to states for livelihood.

"What sort of development has the NDA government delivered when the migration of people from the state in search of employment is still continuing," he asked at a press conference after addressing a slew of election meetings.

On being compared with RJD supremo Lalu Prasad's son Tejaswi and AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, he said he was not competing with the other young scions nor did he have competence to be referred in the same vein as the Congress leader.