Bengaluru, May 22: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state chief BS Yeddyurappa has written to the Election Commission (EC) alleging inconsistency in the recent Karnataka elections. Yeddyurappa wrote to the EC after Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines were found in a shed in Karnataka’s Vijayapur district. In his letter to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) OP Rawat, Yeddyurappa said that the abandoned VVPAT machines points out that the recent Karnataka elections weren’t held in a fair manner. Also Read - Tejasvi Surya Controversy: Govt Asks Twitter to Remove Bengaluru MP's Tweet Linking Terrorism to Islam
BS Yeddyurappa also wrote to the CEC that prior to the Karnataka polls, BJP had raised this concern and brought it to the notice of the EC but authorities didn’t take any action. He further said that this wasn’t the first time that irregularities were found during the conduct of elections. Also Read - Coronavirus Lockdown: EC Defers Rajya Sabha Polls Yet Again, Fresh Dates Awaited
However, state chief electoral officer (CEO) Sanjiv Kumar said that boxes carrying the VVPAT machines and not the machine in itself, was found in Managuli village on Sunday. He said that those boxes did not belong either to the district or to the Election Commission.
Sanjiv Kumar further said that VVPATs had a six-digit bar code, one alphabet and five numerals which could be tracked since they were electronically monitored and the VVPATs found in Vijaypur did not have that six-digit code. Kumar added that finding VVPAT boxes had absolutely no connection with the election process. He further said that people were trying to confuse the masses and people as such would be strictly dealt with. All 2,744 VVPATs which had been allotted to the district remain safe, he said.
Kumar said that an FIR has been registered at the Managuli police station and investigation is currently underway.
Yeddyurappa who lasted as the Karnataka chief minister for just two days further alleged that the election commission officials and the Congress -JD(S) alliance were conspiring together and acted according to their own whims and fancies. With this, he demanded strict action against those who were involved.