In a major allegation against the Election Commission of India, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee chief Uttam Kumar Reddy on Saturday claimed that the EVMs were kept in an insecure location before they were taken to strong rooms.
Addressing the media on Saturday, Uttam claimed that this was a violation by the EC and said, “Yesterday in many constituencies, the EVMs were kept in an insecure environment. Instead of keeping them in strong rooms, they were kept at EC headquarters. They were taken to strong rooms very late today. This is a dangerous thing.”
He later expressed confidence that the People’s Front coalition would win 75-80 seats out of the 119 seats in the state.
Responding to the exit poll surveys which predicted a victory for the TRS, he claimed that Times Now and Republic surveys were untrustworthy. He also dismissed the India Today-My Axis survey which projected a massive victory to TRS.
Meanwhile, TRS chief KCR’s son and minister KT Rama Rao dismissed Uttam’s claim over insecure EVMs and said that the People’s Front is looking for an excuse for their failure. He added that the TRS will win the elections on December 11 with a landslide majority.
“All those leaders with big dreams of becoming CM might also lose, according to district reports,” he said, taking a jibe at the People’s Front.
Thanking the TRS cadre for working relentlessly for the past three months for elections, he said that the TRS workers should be cautious until the last counting.
Expressing confidence of a huge victory, he said that they can celebrate on December 11. He also said that the TRS would give a representation to the EC regarding the complaints of mass numbers of voters missing from the voters’ list.
Shortly after the Assembly elections in the state concluded, the India Today-My Axis exit poll predicted a massive victory for TRS in the state, with 79 to 91 seats. The Times Now-CNX exit poll predicted that TRS would get 66 seats. Republic TV conducted two polls — with C-voter and Jan ki baat — both of which predicted a hung Assembly. C-voter predicted 48-60 seats for TRS and Jan ki Baat predicted that TRS would get 50 to 60 seats.
The results of the elections will be announced on December 11.