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MP polls: Cong questions security of EVMs in strongrooms

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal (MP) 

The has raised doubts over the security of EVMs kept in strongrooms across after voting in the assembly elections as the state awaits counting on December 11.

However, V L Kantha Rao, who visited the strongroom for district set up at the at here Sunday along with leaders, said the EVMs are "completely secure, safe and sealed as per the norms of the Election Commission".

and some candidates accompanied Rao during his visit to the strongroom.

Playing down the Congress' allegations, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused the opposition party of running a "false propaganda" in view of its "imminent defeat" in the polls.

Voting for the 230 seats in the central state, where the Congress is trying to deny the ruling party a fourth straight term, was held on November 28.

Sunday alleged the basic norms of the are not being followed as far as the security of the EVMs in strongrooms is concerned.

"There should be uninterrupted power supply in these strongrooms. But in Bhopal, LED screens installed outside the strongroom went blank on three occasions due to power interruptions. In most of the districts, even basic arrangements are not in place at the strongrooms," he alleged.

Gupta demanded that representatives of the poll contestants be allowed to stay at vantage points from where gates of these strongrooms are visible.

He also demanded not be allowed near the strongrooms.

said the Congress was levelling baseless allegations against "Constitutional establishments".

"The Congress is running a false propaganda over the security of the EVMs and strongrooms which is an excuse to its imminent defeat in elections. The Congress is trying to create confusion among the voters," he alleged.

"It has been the history of the Congress to attack the constitutional establishments by levelling baseless allegations," Singh said.

He said the election process is controlled by the and no government or political party can interfere.

"The Congress has now started blaming the EVMs in but can it clarify how it formed the government in Punjab"? he questioned.

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 21:50 IST