Lok Sabha Election Results 2019: Urmila Matondkar set to lose to BJP's Gopal Shetty, cries foul over 'EVM discrepancies'
Congress' Mumbai-North Lok Sabha seat candidate Urmila Matondkar on Thursday alleged that there was a mismatch in signatures on an electronic voting machine (EVM) form.
The actor, who was trailing against BJP's Gopal Shetty by over 1,45,991 votes, said a complaint was filed with the Election Commission in this connection.
"On the form of EVM 17C from Magathane, the signatures and the machine numbers are different. A complaint has been filed with the Election Commission," she said in a tweet.
The actor, who is making her debut in electoral politics, earlier described the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as the "deciding election for the country".
In 2014, BJP's Gopal Shetty defeated senior Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam by a huge margin of over 4,46,000 votes. The Mumbai North seat was considered to be BJP's bastion before Ram Naik's shocking defeat in 2004 at the hands of actor-turned-politician Govinda. Naik represented the seat five times in 1989, 1991, 1996, 1998 and 1999. Nirupam won the seat once in 2009.
In Maharashtra, which sends 48 MPs to the Lower House, the BJP was leading in 23 seats, while its ally Shiv Sena was marching ahead in 18 constituencies.
The NCP and the Congress were leading in 4 and 1 seats, respectively, in the state.
Meanwhile, local BJP leaders, including its Mumbai unit chief Ashish Shelar, knelt at the party's office and with folded hands dedicated its impressive performance to the people.