Uttarakhand HC orders seizure of EVMs from six constituencies

The six Assembly constituencies constituencies are Mussoorie, Raipur, Rajpur, Ranipur, Pratappur and Haridwar Rural

Written by Ashutosh Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Updated: May 2, 2017 8:04 am
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Days after the Uttarakhand High Court ordered seizure of all EVMs used during the recent assembly polls in Vikasnagar constituency of Dehradun district, it ordered the seizure of EVMs used in six more constituencies on Monday. Taking cognizance of petitions filed by Congress candidates who lost from these seats where polling was held on February 15, a single-judge bench of Justice Servesh Kumar Gupta issued notices to the Election Commission of India, State Election Commission and others, asking them to respond within six weeks.

Alleging tampering of EVMs, the Congress candidates have submitted “circumstantial evidence” to claim that the EVMs allotted at many booths were not the ones that were used during voting. The six constituencies are Rajpur Road, BHEL Ranipur, Raipur, Mussoorie, Pratapnagar and Haridwar Rural. Barring Pratapnagar, all the other seats are in the two districts of Dehradun and Haridwar. While a voter has filed the petition in Haridwar Rural — where former Chief Minister Harish Rawat was defeated by a BJP candidate — all other petitions have been filed by Congress candidates.

“We have filed petitions citing circumstantial evidence to show that the elections were rigged. The HC has taken cognizance and ordered the seizure of EVMs,” Vikasnagar’s Congress candidate Navprabhat told The Indian Express.

“The HC has issued notices to the Government of India, Election Commission of India, State Election Commission, District Election Officer, returning officer and winning candidates to respond within six weeks,” he said.

“Before polling, a returning officer supplies a list of all the EVM machines to be used in the constituency. But the machines which were supplied to the booths and finally used for polling were not the same as the ones that were assigned for those booths,” alleged Congress’s counsel Avtar Singh.

“In Raipur constituency, we found discrepancies in over 30 booths. The EVMs that were used here were not the ones that were assigned. This is a serious crime. This pattern is recorded in all the 70 seats,” claimed Navprabhat. “Discrepancy at 30 booths means 30,000 votes. It’s a big number,” he said, adding that they were examining EVMs “across the state” now.

“We do not know how these machines were changed, how they were programmed,” said Singh, adding that while some EVMs are changed at the last minute if there is a problem with the allotted machines, there were “largescale discrepancies” in the assembly polls. He also alleged that some BJP candidate were enrolled as voters in two places.

Dismissing the charges, BJP spokesperson and Vikasnagar MLA Munna Singh Chauhan said: “We respect the judicial process, but these allegations are baseless and an insult to the Election Commission of India… This is sheer frustration of the Congress party. They have still not accepted that they have been wiped out. EVMs were checked before polling in the presence of election agents of every party. No discrepancy was found during the trial run. If the Congress is raising the issue now, what were their election agents doing then.”

Giving details of the purported evidence mentioned in his petition, Navprabhat said: “On March 2, Raju Binjola prepared a detailed prediction of the election results and posted it on Facebook. It gave village-wise details of the votes for me, the BJP candidate and Independents. He was proved almost correct,” he said. Counting of votes was held on March 11.

Binjola, a BJP members, is an aide of Chauhan. Binjola predicted that Navprabhat would get 32,572 votes and Chauhan would get 37,590 votes. The actual vote count was 32,477 and 38,895 respectively.

Binjola predicted the votes for 33 localities in his Facebook post. Navprabhat claimed that it was a near-accurate prediction for every village. “How could he get such accuracy? The only minor difference is that Munna Singh got nearly 1,000 more votes than he had predicted,” he said.

Asked about Binjola’s Facebook post, Chauhan said: “I predicted close to 60 seats, and we got 57 seats. Can the election be quashed on this basis? Many people speculate about the results. If you raise allegations on the basis of such speculation, then no election can be held in the future. These allegations reflect the political bankruptcy of the Congress.”

Demanding that EVMs used in other constituencies should also be seized and examined, Congress spokesperson Gopal Narsen said: “Until the HC delivers its final order on these petitions, the state assembly should suspend rights of the MLAs of these seven constituencies.

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    yogesh
    May 8, 2017 at 8:56 am
    Total fraud Ban evm
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      Simon Timothy
      May 2, 2017 at 8:43 pm
      "Justice Servesh Kumar Gupta issued notices to the Election Commission of India, State Election Commission and others, asking them to respond within six weeks." - Why this much time? To correct all the tampering and produce fault-free machines to the court and the court to give a 'clean-chit'? Indian Democracy has lost all its safe-guards..
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        bhaiptl2016
        May 2, 2017 at 7:17 pm
        congress till not accepting their defeat and wasting thier own time on baseless allegations.
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          Rs
          May 2, 2017 at 9:38 am
          Fresh election to be done in both up and uk.bjp won by fraud on both places
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            Ramakrishnan Kinattukara
            May 2, 2017 at 6:50 am
            Congress has in the past been firm in the belief that democracy is all about reposting faith in the dynasty. They are poor losers.
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              Pratap Saharan
              May 2, 2017 at 4:14 am
              Salute to Justice Sarvesh Kumar Gupta.
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                MIGHTY BOMBER
                May 1, 2017 at 10:56 pm
                If e.v.m are tampered, then they can be re-programmed in many ways. This is in response to what news anchor Mr.Abhishek Sharma said on NDTV. Mr.Abhishek Sharma said that cons uency from where Mr.Harish Rawat contested Bhartiya Janta Party got 44000 votes, Congress got 32000 votes, and not to ignore BSP that got 18000 votes. He was trying to hint that Congress contestant lost because large no. of voters voted in favour of BSP. IF rigging is done, then in this case it is done in such a manner that Congress votes were transferred to (a)BSP and Bhartiya Janta Party or (b)only BSP, instead of only Bhartiya Janta Party. Similar allegations were made by Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab. Aam Aadmi Party said that their vote was transferred to Akali party in election, making it easy for Congress to win.
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                  laxman
                  May 1, 2017 at 5:38 pm
                  poor feku has to sell chai again yogi - might have to go jail in 2 murder cases going in UP all BJP bhakts and volunteers might ransak BJP RSS leaders houses and offices for cheating and taking free work without power and money
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                    Indy
                    May 1, 2017 at 11:05 pm
                    And before you start seeing more imaginary things you need to go to a mental hospital ! Your medical visit due.
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                    Abdul
                    May 1, 2017 at 5:13 pm
                    The Honerable Court has given time to the people to correct the mistake, if any, by declaring it in advance. If there was a real rigging in EVM then BJP or its supporters in the EC might have corrected the flaw. The Honerable court should make sure that all EVMs are confiscated immediately after the counting of votes and kept in custody for at least one year without any access to any person whether from govt, political parities, police even advocates / judges. It has become a rhetoric to paint those criticise the BJP as anti-nationals, all the b ers done by this govt. as for the betterment of the nation, and hypocritical nationalism of 6 of Brahmanical Hindutva is playing behind these majority politics.
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                      Indy
                      May 1, 2017 at 11:07 pm
                      No need to panic based on some allegations ! They have to yet prove them ! it has become a fashion now days to cast doubts on anyone and anything including our military who is protecting us from the enemy !!
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                      Linzhi
                      May 1, 2017 at 5:10 pm
                      All mani tions of chotu and motu will be in the open
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                        NUV World
                        May 1, 2017 at 4:53 pm
                        A Great Shame for the Oppoisition to blame their Defeat on the Machines, congress a Jihadi Party ruled India by Rigging Elections from the past 60 years and were the elections rigged all these years
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                          Bharat Maa
                          May 1, 2017 at 4:10 pm
                          the real face of BJP and fekugiri. goondagiri was done in Gujarat and now in w of India.
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                            Mayasandra Varadarajan
                            May 1, 2017 at 4:44 pm
                            You shameless jokers go and lick the chapels of Italian Bar Attender. You are fit only for that. When matters will be proved in Court in favour of EVM you will still blame BJP. You can never tolerate any thing that is good for INDIA. No country in the world has progressed by treating it"s majority citizens as second grade citizens.
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                              Naren
                              May 2, 2017 at 9:18 am
                              Don't abuse or criticize your Mata 'Bharat Mata' you moron. Learn manners.
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                            Aditya
                            May 1, 2017 at 3:45 pm
                            Whenever BJP has come into power at centre, the country has gone into total unrest . It is bluffing people with it's psudo Hinduism & Nationalism agenda , be aware people as great dangers are coming for us , jinhoney bapu ko mara aur aaj bhee Bapu ko marney waley kee wakalat let rahey hain wo humey deshbhakti sikha rahey hain . And if people who are not with these people then they are traitors .
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                              Indy
                              May 1, 2017 at 11:11 pm
                              Or pseudo secular like you have been exposed totally nad have become useless and irrelevant and now you are creating ruckus as nothing has left for award wapsi ! Isn't it ?
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