SP alleges EVMs being stolen from Varanasi counting centre
SP has made serious charges that EVMs were being taken away from Counting centres. In Uttar Pradesh, SP is a major challenger to the ruling BJP. SP leaders have claimed that they will win more than 300 seats
Lucknow: 48-hours left for much-awaited counting of five states elections, the Samajwadi Party on Tuesday alleged that electronic voting machines were being stolen from Counting centers of Varanasi.
The shocking allegations made by SP that counting machines were being taken away from Varanasi Counting centers, however, the District Magistrate of Varanasi rubbished the allegations, clarified that the EVMs were being used for training purpose and they were not the ones used for voting.
Accusing "some political parties" of "spreading rumours", District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said the EVMs used in the elections "are all sealed in the strong room in the possession of CRPF and there is CCTV surveillance which is being watched by people of all political parties", the District Magistrate stated.
"The EVMs were going to UP College from the storage made in a separate food godown located in Mandi," said Mr Sharma. "Tomorrow is the second training of the employees engaged in counting duty and these machines are always used for hands-on training," he clarified as quoted by NDTV.
The counting of votes will be held on Thursday and the SP has claimed that it will win more than 300 seats in the state where the BJP is hoping for another term in power.
Exit polls want to create a perception that BJP is winning. This is the last fight for democracy. EVM is being transported without being informed to candidates: Samajwadi Chief Akhilesh Yadav pic.twitter.com/fRt6aMhT1K— ANI (@ANI) March 8, 2022
"We need to be alert if EVMs are being transported this way. This is theft. We need to save our votes. We may go to court against it but before that, I want to appeal to people to save the democracy," Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said pic.twitter.com/FyLE0ywZgp— ANI (@ANI) March 8, 2022