The Telangana Congress is demanding that either the Indian Army or the CRPF be called in to guard the strongrooms where EVMs will be kept for the next 42 days. Expressing little faith in the local police, the party has demanded that mobile jammers be installed to prevent EVM hacking.
The results for Telangana Lok Sabha polls that were held on Thursday will be announced on May 23.
The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) treasurer Gundur Narayana Reddy demanded that special measures be adopted as the counting day is 42 days away. The measures are needed to ensure that the EVMs stay safe and inaccessible to anyone attempting to manipulate or tamper with the machines.
Reddy demanded that recognised political parties be permitted to station their cadre at the strongroom for vigilance. He also asked the Election Commission to ensure that the local police do not enter the strongrooms and that their role is confined to just providing logistic support.
The Congress has demanded that network jammers be installed at all strongrooms to prevent possible wireless hacking of the EVMs. â€śCCTV footage of all booths of polling stations to be recorded at strongrooms till counting day must be preserved,â€ť Reddy said, speaking to media. â€śAll the spare EVMs which were not used in polling should be either sent to other states or sealed,â€ť he added.
The Congress contested in all the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana and is hopeful of winning at least 10 of these seats. In the last two general elections, the party did not win more than two Lok Sabha seats. The party had also faced a humiliating defeat in the recently held state assembly polls in December 2018. Defection of party MLAs to the TRS of late, has also been of concern to the Congress.