The BJP has slammed the Opposition parties and claimed that the rant against EVMs indicates that these parties have already accepted their defeat
Shiv Sena has hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and alleged that the Election commission (EC) is being ‘hijacked’ by its former ally. In an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana, Shiv Sena said that the ‘Modi government’ has ‘torn the page of non-partisan clauses’ from the Election Commission’s rulebook, as was ‘expressed by Priyanka Gandhi’.
Referring to the recent incident in Assam, where EVMs were carried in a vehicle purportedly belonging to BJP candidate Krishnendu Paul, Sena said that the incident has ‘unmasked the truth behind the Election Commission and the Bharatiya Janata Party’. The editorial also slammed Himanta Biswa Sarma over his alleged remarks against Bodoland People’s Party, for which the EC imposed a ban of 48 hours on Sarma.
Slamming the EC for ‘reducing the ban to 24 hours, the editorial further said, “This is being done under someone’s pressure. these acts are maligning the democracy in the country… but agencies such as the Election Commission should not be dragged into political mud,” the editorial said.
Demanding a discussion in the Parliament, Sena alleged that people have lost faith in EVMs. “But the involvement of Election Commission is making the doubts over EVMs official. The recent incidents have raised doubts over the functioning of the EVMs,” Saamana editorial said.
Congress threatens to boycott polls over EVMs
Shiv Sena is the latest to join the chorus doubting the authenticity of EVMs. The Congress party has already threatened to boycott polls in Assam over the incident involving Paul’s vehicle. “We expect the Election Commission to take immediate action and explain how this could happen. The Congress party will consider boycotting the election if this open loot and rigging of EVMs does not stop immediately,” Assam Congress chief Rioun Bora said in a tweet on Friday.