RJD, AAP allege illegal movement of EVMs across north India

The SP-BSP alliance candidate in Ghazipur sat on a dharna on Monday night

EVM RJD A photograph shared by the RJD of EVMs being openly transported in a small truck | Twitter handle of RJD

The district administration in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh, on Tuesday tweeted that allegations of electronic voting machines (EVMs) being illegally transported were “baseless”. On Monday night, Afzal Ansari, joint candidate of the SP-BSP alliance, argued with officials from the local administration and Election Commission and sat on a dharna against the alleged movement of EVMs.

The Ghazipur district administration tweeted, “the apprehensions regarding EVMs are baseless. EVMs are in strong room with 24×7 CISF security. And candidates have been allowed to post their agents to monitor the strong room.” The clarification by the district administration in Ghazipur was re-tweeted by the Press Information Bureau.

The clarification in Ghazipur came even as several journalists, political leaders and activists alleged widespread movement of EVMs in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana and other states.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav was among the first to tweet about it, alleging, “Visuals and claims of sudden movement of EVMs observed across the north India! Why is it so? Who is transporting these EVMs & Why? What is purpose and objective of this exercise? In order to avoid any confusion & misconception, Election Commission must issue a statement ASAP.”

The RJD's official Twitter handle shared multiple videos, photographs and reports purportedly showing illegal transportation of EVMs. These included photographs showing EVMs being transported in Saran and Maharajganj that were intercepted by RJD and Congress activists. The RJD also re-tweeted a video purportedly showing movement of EVMs in Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh.

AAP leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted “EVM machines are being swapped in counting centres” across Jhansi, Meerut, Ghazipur, Chandauli and Saran. Sisodia said the “Election Commission and media were changing the vote given against Modi by the people”.