EVM row: Uttarakhand High Court orders police to seize EVMs used in assembly elections

Ravi Kaushal
292 candidates are in the fray. Polling was conducted on February 18 with record 92 per cent turnout. The Congress party is contesting the elections alone.

Dehradun, April 27: In a shocker to the newly elected Uttrakhand government, the Uttrakhand High Court on Thursday directed the Uttarakhand Police to seize all electronic voting machines used in the state assembly elections in Vikasnagar constituency. The high court directed the police after the hearing the plea of the Congress leader Navprabhat in which he submitted that electronic voting machines were tampered in the assembly elections. Uttrakhand High Court directed the District Magistrate of Vikasnagar to seize the EVMs. Bharatiya Janta Party swept the Uttrakhand assembly elections by winning 57 out of 70 seats. Congress had to console itself with a win on 11 seats only.

The Judgement comes a day after the Aam Aadmi Party alleged the Bharatiya Janta Party has won the MCD elections by tampering electronic voting machines. Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai alleged that there is Modi wave, it is only the EVM wave that helped the saffron party in sweeping civic polls.

Similar complaints were made by Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati who alleged that the elections results have been unbelievable for her party. She had alleged that Bharatiya Janta Party could not win the elections without tampering EVMs. She had approached the Election Commission to conduct a probe into the results. The poll panel in its defence that the indigenously developed electronic voting machines cannot be tampered. The poll panel submitted that EVMs used by commission were evaluated by technical expert sub-committee appointed by the Government of India at the initiative of Goswami Committee on electoral reforms in India.