Lok Sabha elections: TMC accuses BJP of EVM tampering; shares pics of EVMs with BJP’s tag

Lok Sabha elections: TMC accuses BJP of EVM tampering; shares pics of EVMs with BJP’s tag

TMC workers display EVMs with BJP tags in Bankura, calling for an investigation by the Election Commission.

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Amid the ongoing phase 6 voting of the Lok Sabha Election 2024, the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) has made serious accusations against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The TMC, led by Mamata Banerjee, claimed that the BJP tampered with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in Bankura’s Raghunathpur. The party shared images of EVMs tagged with the BJP symbol, stating they found five such machines. The TMC urged the Election Commission of India (ECI) to take immediate action.

In a post on X, the TMC said, “@MamataOfficial has repeatedly flagged how @BJP4India was trying to rig votes by tampering with EVMs. Today, in Bankura’s Raghunathpur, 5 EVMs were found with BJP tags on them. @ECISVEEP should immediately look into it and take corrective action.”

This isn’t the first time TMC has accused the BJP of tampering with EVMs. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has criticized the BJP for similar actions and even alleged voter assault in previous phases of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

On May 1, Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP of switching EVMs during the elections. She claimed that the BJP is using EVMs that went missing in 2019. Banerjee made these allegations following a sudden increase in voter turnout in the first and second phases of the elections.

“Figures that EC released yesterday show 5.75% more turnout in areas where BJP gets fewer votes. We want to know how this number went up, who makes EVM machines and who manufactures the chips used in these machines. Around 1.9 million EVM machines have been missing for a long time. There is a wide suspicion that false data were entered into the missing EVMs and those machines were kept in place of the EVMs being used now,” Hindustan Times quoted Banerjee as saying during a rally in Bengal’s Malda and Murshidabad on May 1.