Defeated candidates take out morcha against ‘tampering of EVMs’

Cutting across the party line, the defeated candidates in Nagpur Municipal Corporation elections on Thursday took out a morcha to protest against “tampering of EVMs” and “irregularities in poll process.” The morcha was taken out from Chitnis Park to office of District Collector. The losing candidates of Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena, BSP, Muslim League and other parties participated in the morcha. A delegation of the parties met District Collector Sachin Kurve and submitted a memorandum demanding a high-level probe into ‘flawed EVMs’ and poll process.

Participating in the morcha, the senior Congress leader Sheikh Hussain said that he was surprised by the results of NMC poll. “Our clear charge is that the EVMs were tampered with. Except BJP, all the political parties suffered the brunt of flawed EVMs. A candidate contesting an election is well apprised of his standing. However, the results of NMC election sprang ‘nasty’ surprises. A candidate who was expecting certain number of votes from certain area scored zero instead. Giving an example, he said that Sushil Balpande was contesting the NMC poll on NCP ticket from Prabhag 19. Balpande had votes of his 12 family members. But amazingly, he did not receive a single vote,” Hussain said.

He further said that around 30000 votes were cast in Prabhag 2. However, on the result day, counting of votes was done in 32000. “How could it happen?”

The all-party delegation comprising Sheikh Hussain, Sushil Balpande, Suresh Jagyasi, Satish Harde, Raman Thaokar, Bandu Talvekar, Aslam Mullah and Gautam Patil met Kurve and demanded probe into EVM issue.