New Delhi: As the polling for the third phase Lok Sabha elections is underway in Kerala, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday alleged that the EVMs in the state were rigged as they were only registering votes cast for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Further, the Congress leader also hoped that his concerns would be duly noted by the Election Commission. Also Read - Police Denies Permission To JP Nadda's 'Poriborton Yatra' in Bengal' Barrackpore, BJP Says Will Move Court
Shashi Tharoor cast his vote at a polling booth in Kerala. He is up against BJP’s Kummanam Rajasekaran and LDF’s C Divakaran. Also Read - BJP Calls for 12-Hour Shutdown in Kerala's Alappuzha Today After RSS Worker Killed in Clash with SDPI
Notably, brisk polling has been reported from Kerala as voting is underway in 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala, even as there were complaints of technical glitches in electronic voting machines in some polling booths. Many polling stations witnessed heavy rush and long queues in the initial hours.
Glitches in EVMs in some polling booths have been reported in the initial hours of voting in Cherthala in Alappuzha district and Kovalam in the state capital. However, Thiruvananthapuram district collector K Vasuki dismissed reports of glitches in the machine in Kovalam and said it was ensured that it was error-free and the polling was continuing.
There are a total of 2.61 crore voters– 1,26,81,992 males, 1,34,64,688 females and 173 third gender voters. The strength of first-time voters in Kerala is 2.88 lakh, who are in the age group of 18-19.
The polling would end at 6 pm at 24,970 polling stations.
(With agency inputs)