Amid complaints of EVM malfunctioning from some places in Thiruvananthapuram, with allegations that all the votes cast were “going only to the BJP”, Congress leader and candidate from the constituency, Shashi Tharoor said Tuesday that the United Democratic Front has lodged an official complaint in the matter.
Tharoor, who cast his vote in the morning at the Cotton Hill Girls’ HighSchool in Vazhuthacaud, told reporters: “The UDF has lodged an official complaint.”
Tharoor remarked that it was “very curious” that “all the EVM malfunctions seem to benefit only one particular party” and that “all the malfunction somehow seems to go towards the lotus”.
“That’s the story we heard from Kanyakumari a week ago, that’s the story we are hearing from elsewhere. I hope a serious investigation will be done,” he said, adding that the malfunctioning EVM machine has been replaced at the particular booth.
People alleged that the 'lotus' symbol was being displayed though they were pressing the 'hand' symbol. Complaints were being reported from booths in Cherthala and Kovalam.
Tharoor, two-time MP, is contesting against BJP's Kummanam Rajasekaran and the Left Democratic Front’s C Divakaran.
My mother and I cast our votes this morning at Cotton Hill Girls’ HighSchool in Vazhuthacaud, after which we were promptly enveloped by a bevy of media persons. If you haven’t already exercised your franchise in this critical election, I urge you to do it soonest! Rain due by 1pm pic.twitter.com/TMeFoNTmqg— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) April 23, 2019
Kerala: Senior Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram candidate Shashi Tharoor casts his vote at a polling booth in the city. He is up against BJP's Kummanam Rajasekaran and LDF’s C Divakaran. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/zJwnJ3nALC— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
Tharoor expressed confidence of winning the seat again.
Tharoor also voiced concern over names missing from the voters’ list in the constituency, though the people had voted in previous elections.
Citing media reports, Akhilesh Yadav claimed that EVMs across the country are "malfunctioning or voting for the BJP".
Concerned to hear first-hand accounts of people missing from the voters list in Thiruvananthapuram despite having voted in previous elections. An efficient and fair election is fundamental to our efforts in ensuring that the voice of all citizens is heard. (1/2)— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) April 23, 2019