As political ardour is gaining pace ahead of crucial Assembly election results across five states, Congress president Rahul Gandhi appealed to his party workers to be vigilant against 'EVM tampering', saying that "in Modi’s India, the EVMs have mysterious powers". The Gandhi scion was referring to the alleged EVM malfunction in Madhya Pradesh which went to poll on November 28 to elect members in 230 constituencies across the state.
"Congress party workers, it’s time to be vigilant. In MP, EVMs behaved strangely after polling: Some stole a school bus and vanished for 2 days. Others slipped away and were found drinking in a hotel. In Modi’s India, the EVMs have mysterious powers. Stay alert!" Gandhi tweeted this evening, hours after voting came to an end in Telangana and Rajasthan on Friday.
Congress party workers, it’s time to be vigilant.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 7, 2018
In MP, EVMs behaved strangely after polling:
Some stole a school bus and vanished for 2 days. Others slipped away & were found drinking in a hotel.
In Modi’s India, the EVMs have mysterious powers.
Stay alert! pic.twitter.com/dhNeraAfxa
There were reports that some unidentified persons with laptops and mobiles were seen around the strong room which is strictly prohibited during elections. Another controversy broke out in the state when some voting machines were reached the strong room 48 hours after voting ended in the state. In a separate incident, two polling officers were "found drunk" along with EVMs inside a hotel owned by a BJP functionary.
A seven-member Congress delegation on Tuesday informed the Election Commission about the incidents, seeking its direction to reveal the number of EVMs under the unused, reserve category.
The Congress also demanded a probe alleging that the ruling BJP was "in collusion with the local administration" in a bid to tamper with EVMs during the November 28 Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh.
Telangana and Rajasthan were the last states to go to polls in the current round of Assembly elections, which also covered Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram. The counting of votes for all the states will take place on December 11.