MP EVM scandal: Collector-SP to be removed, EC seeks panel of officers for replacement
BHOPAL: In wake of the EVM scandal in Madhya Pradesh, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to remove the Collector and Superintendent of Police (SP) of Bhind district, where the machine showed vote going to BJP repeatedly, during a demo.
The Assembly polls are scheduled on April 9. ECI has asked the MP government to remove the Collector (DM) and SP. In a letter to Chief Secretary, a panel of officers has been sought by EC so that District Collector Ilayaraja T and SP Anil Singh Kushwaha could be replaced.
Earlier, in a press conference, Chief Electoral Officer Salina Singh in Bhopal, said that she didn't warn journalists of detaining them in case of publishing the news. She insisted that it was said in a lighter vein.
The incident had occurred on Thursday. Ahead of bypoll. MP CEO Salina Singh and officials conducted a demo. However, when button was pressed, the VVPAT slip showed vote going to BJP though the button pressed for for another candidate.
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Meanwhile, senior Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Vivek Tankha, have met Chief Election Commissioner in Delhi, urging him to take cognisance of the incident. They have sought action and inquiry in this regard.
MP Congress president Arun Yadav has now demanded that the bypolls should be held by ballot. Speaking to journalists in Bhopal, he alleged that the EVMs came from Lucknow. He said that the elections results were being tampered.