A couple of hours after the second section of polling ended in Assam on Thursday, a video purportedly displaying digital voting machines (EVMs) being transported in the non-public car of a sitting BJP MLA surfaced on social media.
The car, bearing registration quantity AS 10B 0022, belongs to sitting Assam MLA and BJP candidate from Patharkandi, Krishnendu Paul.
Soon after the video was uploaded on Twitter by an Assam-based journalist and was broadly shared on social media, the Opposition raised questions over the administration of EVMs in poll-bound states. Congress’s Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday shared the viral video and requested the Election Commission to behave decisively. A severe re-evaluation of using EVMs must be carried out by all nationwide events, Priyanka Gandhi stated.
The Election Commission has, in the meantime, suspended 4 ballot officers.
What occurred in Assam’s Karimganj?
After the conclusion of the second section of the ballot in Assam, some locals noticed a white Bolero car in Kanisail space of Karimganj in Assam at 10.30 pm on Thursday.
When the locals went to query the car driver, he allegedly ran away. During the search, locals found EVMs contained in the car.
From contained in the Bolero car
A video posted on Twitter by Assam-based journalist Atanu Bhuyan exhibits EVMs positioned inside a personal car. The video means that EVMs have been being transported in the car. In his tweet, the journalist stated the “situation is tense in Patharkandi” following the incident.
People might be heard saying in the video that the car belongs to BJP chief Krishnendu Paul. Sitting BJP MLA Krishnendu Paul is the social gathering’s candidate from Patharkandi meeting constituency.
There was no official from the Election Commission or safety forces current on the spot when the locals searched the car.
Who is the proprietor of the car?
Sources in the Election Commission on Friday confirmed that the car in the video belongs to Krishnendu Paul. In an affidavit to the Election Commission, Krishnendu Paul listed a Bolero car with registration quantity AS 10B 0022.
India Today is in possession of the affidavit submitted by Krishnendu Paul to the Election Commission the place he has admitted that the Bolero car belongs to him.
EXCLUSIVE – Affidavit accessed by @IndiaToday exhibits, Bolero car in which EVMs have been found final evening in Karimganj district, does belong to BJP’s Patharkandi candidate Krishnendu Paul. Patharkandi constituency went to polls in 2nd section yesterday. How’s EC going to elucidate this? https://t.co/89LnwFrRuu pic.twitter.com/7OIrloMiSJ
— Tanushree Pandey (@TanushreePande) April 2, 2021
What has the Election Commission stated?
Following an uproar over the viral video, the Election Commission has sought an in depth report on the incident from the District Election Officer of Karimganj by the Chief Electoral Officer of Assam. Sources added that 4 ballot officers have been suspended.
India Today tried to succeed in BJP’s Krishnendu Paul, however he was not obtainable at his residence.
The EC sources, nevertheless, informed information company ANI a car of the ballot physique had damaged down and officers took a elevate in a passing car that was later recognized as belonging to a BJP candidate. The sources stated a crowd intercepted the car because it did not belong to the EC when officers have been taking polled EVM in Patharkandi Vidhan Sabha.
“An FIR has been lodged against unknown persons who attacked the car carrying the polled EVM. Further investigations are on about the sequence of events. The EVM was not tampered with during the crowd attack and is in the custody of the administration,” the information company quoted sources as saying.
1.Last evening a polled EVM machine was being taken in Patharkandi Vidhan Sabha, Assam when a crowd intercepted it as car did not belong to EC. As per sources, EC car had damaged down & officers took a elevate in a passing car that was later recognized as belonging to a BJP candidate.
— ANI (@ANI) April 2, 2021
‘EVM capturing’: Opposition targets Centre
Citing video of EVMs found in the BJP chief’s car, Congress chief Priyanka Gandhi Vadra attacked the Centre and BJP. Sharing the viral video, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra raised questions over the administration of EVMs in poll-bound states.
A severe re-evaluation of using EVMs must be carried out by all nationwide events, the Congress chief stated in a tweet.
In a sequence of tweets, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra stated, “The truth is that too many such incidents are being reported and nothing is being accomplished about them.”
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
Urging the Election Commission to start out appearing decisively on complaints of this nature, the Congress normal secretary stated such incidents have just a few issues in frequent.
“The vehicles usually belong to BJP candidates or their associates, videos are taken as one-off incidents and dismissed as aberrations, BJP uses its media machinery to accuse those who exposed the videos as sore losers,” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra listed similarities.
Priyanka Gandhi’s social gathering colleague Gaurav Gogoi additionally cited the incident to allege “EVM capturing”.
“This is the only way the BJP can win Assam: by looting EVMs. EVM capturing, like there used to be booth capturing. All under the nose of the Election Commission. Sad day for democracy,” Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi wrote on Twitter.
Buying votes? Failed.
Buying candidates? Failed.
Double CMs? Failed.
Doublespeak on CAA? Failed.
Loser BJP’s last resort: steal the EVMs.
Murder of democracy.#EVM_theft_Assam #AssamAssemblyElection2021 https://t.co/2TRZRFvqDb
— Maulana Badruddin Ajmal (@BadruddinAjmal) April 2, 2021
AIDUF’s Badruddin Ajmal additionally shared the video and wrote, “Polarisation? Failed. Buying votes? Failed. Buying candidates? Failed. Jumle-baazi? Failed. Double CMs? Failed. Doublespeak on CAA? Failed. Loser BJP’s last resort: steal the EVMs. Murder of democracy.”