Dispur: After a video went viral of a BJP candidate carrying electronic voting machines (EVMs) in his car, the Election Commission ordered repolling in polling station 179 of Ratabari seat in Assam. The officers responsible for the transportation of EVMs have also been suspended. The
The BJP candidate named Krishnendu Paul was seen in an alleged viral video on social media just a day after the second phase of polling concluded in Assam on Thursday. It was tweeted out by Assam-based journalist Atanu Bhuyan, who mentioned that the “situation is tense in Patharkandi” following the incident.
Targeting the BJP over the incident, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi said EC should act decisively on such complaints and that a serious re-evaluation of the use of EVMs needs to be carried out by all national parties.
Priyanka also said that the saffron party uses its media machinery to accuse those who exposed them as sore losers. “Every time there is an election video of private vehicles caught transporting EVM’s show up. Unsurprisingly they have the following things in common: 1. The vehicles usually belong to BJP candidates or their associates. 2. The videos are taken as one off incidents and dismissed as aberrations. 3. The BJP uses its media machinery to accuse those who exposed the videos as sore losers,” her tweet read.
Every time there is an election videos of private vehicles caught transporting EVM’s show up. Unsurprisingly they have the following things in common:
1. The vehicles usually belong to BJP candidates or their associates. ….
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) April 2, 2021
The fact is that too many such incidents are being reported and nothing is being done about them. The EC needs to start acting decisively on these complaints and a serious re-evaluation of the use of EVM’s needs to be carried out by all national parties,” Priyanka further added.
On April 1, 39 assembly seats went to polls in Assam in the second phase of the election.