More complaints of EVMs favouring BJP even though the button pressed was for other parties have emerged. This time the complaint has come from Rajasthan, where by-election was held on Sunday for Dholpur assembly seat.
According to reports, a voter in Dholpur on Sunday complained that he had cast his vote in favour of Congress but the printout coming out of VVPAT machine showed the vote had gone to the BJP.
The returning officer of the Election Commission told Aaj Tak that one voter, Rakesh Jain, had reported the faulty machine. This prompted the officers deployed at the polling booth to stop the poll for at least two hours. This led to loud protests by Congress supporters.
There were reports of EVMs malfunctioning at over dozen polling booths.
Sunday’s development came after similar complaint was reported from Madhya Pardesh’s Bhind district, which during an inspection, it was found that an EVM machine with VVPAT attached, was favouring the BJP.
With the Opposition’s questions on the reliability of the electronic voting machines getting louder, the Commission has come out with a list of ‘frequently asked questions’ to put across its views in public domain.
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has rendered the election a high profile by campaigning there vigorously for days besides getting most of her ministers to canvass intensively in her home turf.
Pilot too matched her by holding over 200 public meetings and spending over 18 days in the backward region as a win for the Congress will be a big boost to the opposition party ahead of the state assembly polls later next year.
The Congress had suffered a rout in 2012 assembly polls and then complete decimation in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, when it did not win a single seat out of 25, but is seen to have recovered some ground under Pilot who led the party to a good show in local elections.