Days after controversy broken out in Madhya Pradesh over incidents of impropriety in handling of EVMs, a Congress delegation on Sunday reached state Election Commission and registered a complain about the security of strong rooms across the state. Earlier, the commission on December 2 admitted that a strongroom in Bhopal faced a blackout on Friday (November 30), following concerns raised by the Congress party over EVM-malfunctioning in Madhya Pradesh.
"Bhopal: Congress delegation reached state Election Commission & registered a complain about the security of strong rooms across Madhya Pradesh where EVMs are kept," the news agency ANI reported.
Bhopal: Congress delegation reached state Election Commission & registered a complain about the security of strong rooms across Madhya Pradesh where EVMs are kept. pic.twitter.com/ribW8LoNHy— ANI (@ANI) December 9, 2018
The 2018 Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh has been marred with incidents of "EVM tampering" after 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.
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.
Congress leaders @DrAMSinghvi @plpunia @VTankha & @ManishTewari presented a memorandum to the EC demanding a thorough investigation into the matter of EVM tampering in recent state elections. #मोदी_से_EVM_बचाओ pic.twitter.com/q7kafQWG44— Congress (@INCIndia) December 1, 2018
Taking a dig at the ruling BJP over "EVM tampering", Rahul Gandhi said, "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!" the Congress chief added.
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
The counting of votes in Madhya Pradesh along with Rajasthan, Telangana, Mizoram and Chhattisgarh will be taken up on December 11, 2018.