UP Election 2022: Tomorrow is the day of counting of votes in the months-long election turmoil in Uttar Pradesh. Earlier, the Samajwadi Party (SP) has raised questions on the BJP and the Election Commission regarding EVMs. SP chief Akhilesh Yadav tweeted and appealed to the workers and common people to keep a watch.
The former CM said, “Treat the counting centers as ‘pilgrimages of democracy’ and go there and stand firm and make every conspiracy by the ruling party to manipulate the election results impossible! The SP-Alliance is winning, that’s why the BJP is trying to rigging.
Treat the counting centers as the ‘pilgrimage of democracy’ and go there and persevere and make every conspiracy by the ruling party to manipulate the election results impossible!
The SP-Alliance is winning, that’s why the BJP is trying to rigging.
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) March 9, 2022
Amidst the allegations of SP, the officials concerned in Varanasi, Bareilly and Sonbhadra have been removed. District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma from Varanasi said that, after a dispute arose over the illegal transportation of EVMs to the counting site at Pahariya Mandi, Pandeypur, the nodal officer of EVMs, Additional District Magistrate Nalini Kant Singh, was given EVM transportation. Due to negligence, he was removed from the election work with immediate effect late on Wednesday night.
He said that in place of Kant, Additional District Magistrate (Finance and Revenue) Sanjay Kumar has been made EVM in-charge. The District Magistrate said that after the ruckus over the replacement of EVMs on Tuesday, all the machines were checked late in the night in the presence of election observers and candidates.
Kaushal Raj Sharma said that all control units, ballot units and VVPATs were checked. He said that during this time the candidates and office bearers of most of the parties were present and all the 20 EVM sets were sealed in the box after the present candidates were satisfied.
On the other hand, on Tuesday, outside the counting place in Sonbhadra district, Kumar was removed from the post, taking seriously the matter of getting ballot slips from the box from the vehicle of Ghoraval tehsil Deputy District Magistrate Ramesh Kumar and the uproar created by SP workers regarding it. Is.
District Magistrate T.K. Shibu said that on the instructions of Chief Electoral Officer Ajay Kumar Shukla, Ghorawal Deputy District Magistrate Ramesh Kumar has been removed from election duty and Shyam Pratap has been posted in his place.
Meanwhile, the district administration has taken a tough step in the matter of transporting the polling material and the polling box from the Baheri assembly constituency of Bareilly district on the municipal garbage truck to the counting site.
District Magistrate Shivakant Dwivedi told that after getting permission from the commission, Deputy District Election Officer / Additional District Officer (Administration) VK Singh has been removed from the election process and this responsibility has been entrusted to Additional District Magistrate Finance / Revenue Santosh Bahadur Singh.
Along with this, Baheri’s Presiding Officer / Sub-District Magistrate Parul Tarar has also been removed from the post and Deputy Collector Sadar Rajesh Chandra has been posted in his place.
Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders of other parties had created a ruckus in this matter till late Tuesday night. The District Magistrate pacified the matter after persuasion and sent the vehicle brought from Baheri to the Collectorate at the counting site and secured the election related material by keeping it in the strong room.
The SP on Tuesday alleged that EVMs were being transported by three trucks in a wrong way to Varanasi. The party on Wednesday also put the Chief Minister’s Office in the dock, alleging EVM rigging.
SP uploaded a video of an official from his Twitter handle in which he is admitting that the required protocol was not followed in EVM transportation on Tuesday. However, he categorically ruled out any possibility of EVM tampering.
The SP further said in the same tweet, “In many districts, information is being received about EVM tampering. On whose behest is this happening? Are the officials being pressurized from the Chief Minister’s Office? Election Commission please clarify. “