Four police personnel were suspended and a poll official was issued show cause notice in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on Tuesday for keeping six EVMs inside a hotel room while voting was on for the fifth phase, a top official said.
The matter came to light when several local leaders of the opposition ‘Mahagathbandhan’ noticed that poll-related paraphernalia were being taken inside a hotel by Sector Magistrate Awadhesh Kumar and raised an alarm.
The NDA has fielded sitting BJP MP Ajay Nishad from Muzaffarpur which went to the polls in the fifth phase on Monday.
Following discovery demonstration was staged by local leaders of the Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP), a fledgling outfit which has fielded its candidate Rajbhushan Chaudhary for the ‘Mahagathbandhan’, and the RJD the largest constituent of the opposition formation.
Only after opposition demonstration Bihar Joint Chief Electoral Officer says sector Magistrate Awadhesh Kumar has been served with a show cause notice and based on his reply, further action will be taken. “The four police personnel a sub-inspector and three constables who accompanied him have been suspended, he added.
They also alleged with EC adamant to count only 2% of VVPAT and now EVM in private hotels incident pointed towards an attempt to rig the polls by the local administration in favor of the NDA, which is in power in Bihar.
However Muzaffarpur district magistrate and district election officer, Alok Ranjan Ghosh dismissed allegations of suspected misuse of the EVMs.
“None of the EVMs were used for voting and all were sealed. These were kept in reserve meant for replacement in case of a snag .
But why the reserved EVMs found way to Private hotel for which no answer could be evinced from EC authorities
It is to be noted post election in Madurai Constituency during last week of April it was found four government officials inclusive of data entry operation found inside EVM strong room where ballots been kept . During night more than 4 hours they are inside the strong room reported local news agencies .
Ruling party ADMK in Tamilnadu who allied with BJP Contenting against DMK Congress alliance in Tamilnadu
It is only after the spot midnight demonstration by entire opposition inclusive of DMK , Communists, Dinakaran faction , the Local collector ( Returning Officer ) came to the scene but when asked for 4 hours CCTV footage the Govt officials refused to budge till date lament Madurai Contesting candidate Venkatesan of Communist party
It is only then Opposition Communist candidate approached High-court and then court ordered the Returning office in Madurai to be transferred also the four persons who entered strong room for four hours suspended in the process
In Karur Constituency tamilainadu where Congress women candidate Jothimani has alleged the CCTV camera timings in strong room found tampered .
She also added the district returning officer ( Collector) is totally one sided in favour of Ruling ADMK and BJP . In Karur which is a considered a strong ADMK party fort , Women candidate Jothimani is contesting against the bigwig wealthy ADMK men Thambidurai who not only runs more than 25 Colleges and other private educational Institutions but is also present Dy.Speaker in Loksabha