Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday asked his party workers to stay vigilant after the polls in Rajasthan and Telangana came to an end. He cast his suspicion on EVMs ‘behaving strangely’ since other states including Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh went to polls recently.
Gandhi wrote, “Congress party workers, be vigilant after polls close today.” The Congress president said that EVMs had ‘behaved strangely after polling.’ He wrote, “In MP, EVM’s behaved strangely after polling, Some stole a ? (bus) and vanished for 2 days! Others slipped away & were found drinking in a hotel.”
He concluded his post by saying, “In Modi’s India, the EVMs have mysterious powers. Stay alert!”
Congress party workers, be vigilant after polls close today.
In MP, EVM’s behaved strangely after polling:
Some stole a ? and vanished for 2 days! Others slipped away & were found drinking in a hotel.
In Modi’s India, the EVMs have mysterious powers ?
Stay alert! pic.twitter.com/DViNl8fdPC
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 7, 2018
Gandhi was referring to the viral video of a school bus full of EVMs disappearing for 48 hours before it reached the strong room, where the machines are kept after polling. There were also allegations by Gandhi’s party colleagues in Madhya Pradesh as they raised suspicions on the alleged strange behaviour inside a strong room in Bhopal. According to local Congress leaders, the LED installed outside the strong room in Bhopal, was showing morning visuals in the night when the TV set was expected to stream live visuals from inside the strong room.
The Election Commission had later clarified that this was due to the power outage.
On Friday, two Reliance Jio employees were apprehended by police in Chhattisgarh from a strong room. According to reports, the detained individuals were carrying laptops, raising suspicions on their motive. A police official was quoted by the news agency, “They (apprehended individuals) are saying they’re employed with Jio. It’s being investigated if they’ve IDs. It’s not possible to enter strong room without IDs. We can say anything only after probe.”
The counting for five states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram will start on 11 December.