Guwahati: In light of several electronic voting machines (EVM) related incidents in the state during the second phase of polls on April 1, senior leaders of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Saturday protested at Manabendra Complex in Dispur.
Congress alleged “evident manipulation of EVMs by the BJP government, whose deceit was caught red-handed post the second phase of polls, through transferring of an active EVM in a vehicle of a BJP candidate.”
The party also called upon the Election Commission to intervene and aid the populace to safeguard their Constitutional Rights and Ballot Privileges, “as these incidents happened right in front of their eyes.”
APCC said that the steps taken by the EC “are minuscule in terms of being a deterrent towards parties who have enacted these incidents of Electoral manipulation, from indulging in unfair means to garner votes.”
Also, it urged the “Election Commission to remain a neutral entity and uphold the sanctity of political representation in a democracy, while implementing legal recourse for this glaring misuse of power by the ruling regime in Assam, and not remain a mute spectator to such important issues.”
Congress said it is convinced that “BJP is rattled, which is why it is resorting to treachery to win the elections.”
Earlier in the day, APCC President Ripun Bora has written to Assam CEO Nitin Khade urging him to take action in several EVM-related instances and ensure free and fair elections in the state.