TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy and Congress MP Hanumantha Rao have blamed ‘EVM management’ for their poor performance in Telangana.

Losing party always blames EVMs TRS on Congs claims of election tampering
news Telanagana2018 Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 13:20

With trends suggesting a clear cut victory for the incumbent Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the party has hit out at opposition Congress for blaming electronic voting machines (EVMs) for their loss. Speaking with news agency ANI, party MP and daughter of sitting Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, K Kavitha has termed Congress’ claims of “EVM management” to be false.

“The losing party always says the EVMs have been tampered with, this is absolutely false. Even the CEC in a press meeting yesterday said that it is not possible to tamper with EVMs. People have given victory to TRS, what Congress is claiming is false,” Kavitha told ANI.

Kavitha’s reaction comes hours after Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president Uttam Kumar Reddy attributing the party’s poor performance to “tampered EVMs.” He said, “I am having doubts on results we're getting in Telangana ballot paper counting. We're doubting that tampering could have been done in EVMs. Slips should be counted in VVPATs.”

Similarly, Congress MP Hanumantha Rao alleged that the BJP at the Centre has helped K Chandrasekhar Rao to manage the EVMs. “Look at how the CBI and RBI have been undermined. KCR has not done anything in the last four years and the people are angry with him, he has not implemented many of his promises, be it 2-BHK scheme or mission Bhageeratha,“ Rao told TNM.

“When we spoke with people, they all wanted Congress to come to power. What other explanation is there other than EVM management by TRS with the help of BJP. We want ballot paper to be used for Lok Sabha elections,” he added.

The party has also written to the Telangana Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajat Kumar alleging manupilation of EVMs.

It's letter on the issue read, "The counting of votes in Telangana State is going on now and the distorted trends in counting of EVM machines, there is a strong suspicion that EVM machines have been manipulated. The EVM machines showing trends which are far away from ground realities." 

"The Congress party requests that 100%  counting of VVPAT papers should be taken up," it further said. 

At 1 pm, the Election Commission trends suggest the TRS winning/leading 87 seats of the 119-seat state Assembly and the Congress limited to only 22 seats, with ally Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is also leading only in two seats. With these figures, TRS has 27 more seats than the magic number.

Among the Prajakutami, the Congress had contested from 93 seats while the TDP and TJS stood from 14 and eight seats respectively. The CPI fought from three seats and Telangana International Party from one.



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