Congress alleges rigging of LS polls by EC in TS

Hyderabad: The Congress party has alleged that the Lok Sabha elections, held in first and single phase in Telangana State on April 11, might have been officially rigged.

Addressing the media at Gandhi Bhavan on Tuesday, TPCC official spokesperson Syed Nizamuddiin has accused the EC of tampering with the polling figures to benefit the ruling TRS. “The difference between the polling percentage till 5 pm and Final Voter turnout is huge. Election authorities might have adjusted the figures to suit the requirement of TRS,” he alleged.

The Congress leader also displayed two different video clips pertaining to Telangana wherein some unidentified people are seen taking away EVMs in an auto-rickshaw and a car. He said many such clips of private individuals possessing EVMs are in circulation in social media. While this clearly strengthens suspicion that EVMs have been manipulated, the silence and inaction of Election Commission on such complaints proves that the elections were officially rigged. “If Election Commission doesn’t want to hold polling in a fair manner, then it should directly give winning certificate to the candidate of ruling party immediately after filing nomination. It need not enact the drama of holding polls by wasting hundreds of crores of public money and everyone’s time,” he said.

Nizamuddin demanded that the Election Commission place booth-wise and hour-wise figures of polling for all 17 constituencies in public domain. He said these figures should be cross-checked with the CCTV footage of polling stations and they must match with the votes to be counted in EVMs. In case of any mismatch, there should be re-polling in the entire constituency.