Cong condemns CPI-M Secy’ arrest; Seeks re-poll at 2 polling stations in Kathua

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/19/2019 10:47:18 AM

JAMMU, Apr 18: Congress Thursday strongly condemned the arrest of CPI-M secretary of district Kathua Seva Ram after he complained about malfunctioning of EVM machine at polling station number 104/65 Kathua today. In the meanwhile, the party has also sought re-polling at least two polling stations in Hiranagar and Gool, where it alleged “the voting machines only pressed the button against Lotus (BJP).”
The chief spokesperson JKPCC Ravinder Sharma condemned the detention of Seva Ram when he complained about the malfunctioning of voting machine, as he pressed the button of ‘Hand’ symbol but the vote was cast in favour of ‘Lotus’ (BJP). Seva Ram was arrested and detained in police station.
Sharma while demanding the high level enquiry in the matter, sought a strict action against those responsible for the illegal detention of Seva Ram. Meanwhile, the party also sought re-polling at least on two polling stations i.e., 113-Hiranagar and 88-Chajroo Gulabgarh assembly segments.
He said, “It was confirmed that whatever button was pressed the vote was recorded in BJP symbol and on being noticed by the voters as well as polling staff there were protests by the people.”
“At polling booth No.88 Shajroo-3, it was noticed that voters cast their votes in favour of Congress candidate, were actually being cast in favour of BJP, as shown on EVM. The matter was referred to officials who replaced the machine, but around 450 people who had already cast votes had left the polling booth,” he alleged.
“In view of this situation the party candidate has written to Election Commission for ordering re-poll at least on these polling stations so far,” Sharma said.
Sharma said that it is very surprising wherever these kinds of faulty EVMs are being noticed, so far, advantage goes to BJP the ruling party at the centre. The Election Commission should take cognizance of such incidents immediately and take appropriate measures.
Sharma however expressed gratitude to electorate for heavy turnout which, he said, “is a sign of vibrant democracy in the country.” He expressed confidence that in today’s polling Congress party nominee Vikramaditya Singh would emerge victorious.



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