EVM found in BJP leader’s car in Assam, four officials suspended, repoll ordered

By Muslim Mirror Staff

New Delhi: The electronic voting machine (EVM) was found in a car owned by BJP MLA Krishnendu Paul’s family member in Ratabari constituency of Assam on Thursday night. Following the unfortunate incident, the poll panel ordered repoll at a booth and suspended four of its officials.

The private vehicle carrying the EVM was intercepted and attacked with stones by a group of locals. A superintendent of police was injured in the clash, while other police personnel resorted to blank firing to disperse the protestors.

A report by the poll body said that upon examination, the seal of the EVM was found intact “without any damage whatsoever”.

The Election Commission (EC), in its report, said that the vehicle, in which the EVM was being carried, broke down around 9 pm near Nilam Bazaar area. But instead of waiting for the sector officer to send a replacement vehicle for them, the polling party took a lift from a passerby, without checking the ownership of the vehicle bearing the number AS-10B-0022.

However, the EC’s explanation did not sound very convincing for scores of people. Youth Congress’s National Campaign In-charge Srivatsa described the statement as a ”Bigger lie than even Modiji fighting for Bangladesh Independence”.

Badruddin Ajmal of the AIUDF, which is in alliance with the Congress, tweeted saying “stealing EVMs” was the BJP’s last resort after all its other moves — “polarisation”, “buying votes”, “doublespeak on CAA”, among others — had failed.

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