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Goa Suraksha Manch alleges EVM may have been rigged in Goa election

The Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) has alleged tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the Goa assembly election.

assembly elections Updated: Mar 22, 2017 14:23 IST
GSM claimed it is not possible the party received such few votes in the Goa election 2017.
GSM claimed it is not possible the party received such few votes in the Goa election 2017.(AFP File Photo)

The Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) has alleged tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the Goa assembly election.

“The votes polled by our candidates are too less and unexpected. Such a low response to our candidates is not expected,” GSM President Anand Shirodkar told PTI on Monday.

GSM polled only 1.2% of the total votes during the February 4 state elections in which they had contested on six seats in alliance with the MGP and Shiv Sena.

“We strongly suspect that there was a manipulation in the constituencies where we had contested,” he said, adding that the party is contemplating to approach the Bombay high court seeking an investigation into the matter.

Shirodkar said that party officials have spoken to several technicians who have not ruled out the possibility of EVMs being manipulated.

The party was formed by RSS rebel leader and regional language crusader Subhash Velingkar, after the BJP-led government refused to withdraw grants to English medium schools.

“In Panaji constituency, the party has a base of 1,500 workers and all had voted for GSM. But our candidate Chetan Bhatikar polled only 323 votes. This is impossible,” Shirodkar said alleging the “EVMs were set to favour certain political parties”.