Another day of dramatic developments continued to hold Amritsars ward 3 in the limelight on Wednesday as Congress candidate Dinesh Kumar along with his supporters switched loyalties and joined the SAD,a day after another candidate Surinder Chaudhary did the same. Kumar was welcomed to the SAD and presented by SAD Chief Parliamentary Secretary Inderbir Singh Bolaria.
Ward number 3 has been in the news ever since a SAD candidate from the area alleged that there had been attempts to hack Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in eight booths and bogus voting in two booths during the recent civic polls. The Amritsar administration then took up the issue with the state Election Commission and recommended a repolling the ward. The recommendation for a repoll was met by protests by the Congress. Amritsar District Congress Committee president Jugal Kishore Sharma held a press conference soon after insisting that Chaudhary had won the polls and that the Congress would move court if Chaudhary was not declared the winner. By evening,however,much to the surprise of Sharma,Chaudhary joined the SAD at Chandigarh.
While Amritsar police have sought the services of software engineers to investigate into the alleged hacking bid,the state Election Commission has so far ruled out the possibility of any hacking attempt and has ordered a repoll on June 15 in only two booths where the alleged bogus voting took place.
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