The Congress has expressed apprehensions that free and fair polls are not possible in Madhya Pradesh. The party has said that the ruling party and officials are doing their best to influence the polling process.
In a statement, the party has said that at divisional and district level, the BJP organisation is doing all it can, to influence the process, while Congress’ candidates and workers are being harassed. The party has said that it is getting such complaints from all over the state.
The party has also raised suspicion over the functioning of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
The party leaders cite the example of an EVM in Tarna municipal council in Ujjain district, which was recently brought out ahead of the polls. The Congress’ chief spokesperson KK Mishra alleges that the machine was set to the lotus symbol and only when the button in front of it was pressed, the vote was counted.
“Naturally, there were other symbols but none of them worked, and it was only the BJP which was getting the vote”, he alleged.
Mishra said that there was a similar complaint from the EVMs in Makron. Subsequently, the local Congress leaders complained to the district electoral officer, and then the machines were changed.
The Congress has alleged that the BJP state president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan’s statement that the BJP is cent percent sure of its success in the civic bodies’ polls, indicate that the party (BJP) knows that it will be able to influence the polling process through different means, and that’s the basis of his statement.
The Congress has urged the State Election Commission to take action on the complaints of malpractices and take stern action so as to ensure that the elections are held in a free and fair manner.