Odisha Cong fears rigging, asks parties to be alert

Alleging a nexus between ruling BJD and officials to rig the recent elections in Odisha by using money and muscle power, Congress on Tuesday apprehended attempts to tamper EVMs stored in strongrooms and asked all political parties to be vigilant.

“Tall claims of having conducted a free and fair elections in Odisha are hollow and misleading. There was large scale rigging at many places through BJD-bureaucrat nexus,” Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Jaydev Jena alleged here.

Congress has evidence about an unholy nexus between the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and bureaucrats including poll officials, Jena said, adding the elections were held in an undemocratic way and the government not only misused its power and machinery but indulged in rampant use of money and muscle.

Though evidence was submitted to the chief electoral officer's office about ruling BJD’s alleged involvement in rigging and bogus voting, no action has been taken, he claimed.
Alleging gross irregularities, manipulations and rigging in 101 booths in Ghasipura assembly segment in Keonjhar district, Jena said elections in the constituency should be countermanded and repolling held.

In Ghasipura, where election was held on April 17, there was enough evidence in the form of video clippings of alleged rigging in the area which have been submitted to CEC, but no action has been taken so far, he said.

Voicing serious concern over safety and security of EVMs, Jena accused ruling BJD of attempting to replace and manipulate the voting machines stored in strong rooms.
The strongrooms are under the threat of manipulation and tampering, he said, asking all opposition parties and candidates to be alert and vigilant to foil any bid to tamper with the voting machines.

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