File photo: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on April 2 asked why every time the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is found to be linked to incidents of illegal transfer of EVMs in the country.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was on April 2 reacting to an incident reported from Karimganj district of Assam where a mob found polled EVM inside the car of a BJP candidate’s wife within hours after polling on April 1.

The Election Commission on April 2 released a detailed statement on the incident and said that the poll party’s vehicle broke down while they were heading for the district headquarters and the four officials decided to take lift in a private vehicle, which they did not know belonged to the wife of a BJP candidate.

In a series of tweets on April 2, Priyanka questioned why three patterns are seen when such cases come to light. “Every time there is an election video of private vehicles caught transporting EVMs show up. Unsurprisingly they have the following things in common: The vehicles usually belong to BJP candidates or their associates. The videos are taken as one-off incidents and dismissed as aberrations and the BJP uses its media machinery to accuse those who exposed the videos as sore losers,” the Congress leader said.

The Congress general secretary further asked all national political parties to have a “serious” re-evaluation on the use of electronic voting machines. She added that the Election Commission should start taking decisive actions on complaints related to EVMs.

“EC needs to start acting decisively on these complaints and a serious re-evaluation of the use of EVM’s needs to be carried out by all national parties,” she tweeted.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to self-isolate after COVID test

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was supposed to visit Assam on April 2 for campaigning for the final phase of polling but she was “advised self-isolation” by doctors after she underwent a COVID-19 test. “I was supposed to visit Assam today (April 2). But I took a COVID-19 test yesterday and although it came out negative, doctors advised me to self-isolate. So, I won’t be able to be with my party candidates but I wish them all the best,” she said in a video message.

She added that her campaign trips to Tamil Nadu and Kerala scheduled for April 3 and 4 also remain cancelled.

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