Priyanka Gandhi Vadra takes on BJP over viral video, urges EC to act decisively
Guwahati: Ahead of the Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s 5th visit to Assam for the election campaign for phase –III polls, she tweeted urging the Election Commission of India to act decisively over a video that has surfaced on social media which allegedly showed electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the car of Patharkandi BJP candidate Krishnendu Paul.
The video was tweeted out by an Assam-based journalist, who mentioned that the “situation is tense in Patharkandi” following the incident.
Targeting the ruling Government, Vadra said the EC needs to start acting decisively on these complaints and a serious re-evaluation of the use of EVM’s needs to be carried out by all national parties.”
She alleged BJP uses its media machinery to accuse those who exposed the videos as sore losers.
“Every time there is an election videos of private vehicles caught transporting EVM’s show up. Unsurprisingly they have the following things in common: 1. The vehicles usually belong to BJP candidates or their associates. 2. The videos are taken as one off incidents and dismissed as aberrations. 3. The BJP uses its media machinery to accuse those who exposed the videos as sore losers,” Vadra tweeted.
“The fact is that too many such incidents are being reported and nothing is being done about them. The EC needs to start acting decisively on these complaints and a serious re-evaluation of the use of EVM’s needs to be carried out by all national parties,” she added.
Vadra will launch her election campaign for Phase-III polls from Goalpara East to Sarukhetri. She will address three public meetings during her campaign. Firstly, she will address a public meeting at Mayabazar in Goalpara East and then head to Sher Nagar near Agomani in Golakganj. She will end her public meeting at Kayakuchi in Sarukhetri.
It is noteworthy to mention that the polling for phase II in the state ended in a quite dramatic way, starting from candidate shifting parties to police firing at two polling stations, EVM malfunctions, hoisting of the Pakistani flag in Rangia, alleged tampering of EVM machines, etc.
Amid all the obstacles, long queues were seen outside most of the booths as voters stepped out in large numbers in poll-bound constituencies since the morning hours on Thursday.
The phase-II polls to the assembly election began at 7 am and continued till 6 pm.
Voting for the second phase of the assembly election continued in all the 39 constituencies spread over 13 districts of the Barak valley, three hill districts, and parts of central and lower Assam.
It may also be mentioned that over 73.44 lakh eligible voters cast their votes in the second phase of the elections. Of them, 37,34,537 are male voters and 36,09,959 are female voters, while 135 are third gender voters.