EVMs Across India Faulty or Voting for BJP, Says Akhilesh Yadav

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LUCKNOW (IANS) — EVMs across India are either malfunctioning or voting for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said on Tuesday.

Akhilesh Yadav quoted District Magistrates as saying that election officials were not trained to operate the electronic voting machines (EVMs). More than 350 of them had been replaced, he said.

“This is criminal negligence for a polling exercise that costs Rs 50,000 crore. Should we believe DMs or is something far more sinister afoot?” he asked.

Akhilesh Yadav’s remarks came as people across 117 Lok Sabha constituencies in 15 states and union territories voted in the third phase of the general elections.

BJP tampering EVMs

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party candidate from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh Azam Khan’s son Abdullah on Tuesday accused the BJP of tampering the electronic voting machines (EVMs) due to which he said voting in the region had slowed down.

Voting for 10 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh is on in the third phase of the general elections.

Abdullah said that more than 300 EVMs had been tempered with. “The (Bharatiya Janata Party) BJP knows that Azam Khan is going to win with a large number of votes and that is why they are using this tactics.”

He accused the police of threatening the voters.

However, Additional Chief Electoral Officer Brahma Dev Ram Tiwari said that no machine in Rampur had any problem.

The SP has fielded Azam Khan from Rampur against BJP’s Jaya Prada. The Congress has put up Sanjay Kapoor.

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