NCP spokesperson: Polls may be rigged, EC swayed by Modi

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  May 08, 2019, 03:29 PM

Nationalist Congress Party national spokesperson Nawab Malik is among the list of people who are alleging that one of the most respected constitutional bodies in India, the Election Commission, is under the influence of one party. 
Recently, 21 opposition parties had filed a plea in the Supreme Court, seeking a review of its order on April 8, which directed the EC to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths per segment. The plea was dismissed. 
The four-time Maharashtra MLA claimed that, despite there being a possibility of votes polled through EVMS and the VVPAT slips not tallying, the EC did not find a way out, which, according to him, indicates something fishy. 
The former Minister of Labour in the state government said that his party is “trying to ensure people repose faith in democracy”. He added, that however, the EC is “swayed”  by PM Narendra Modi, and there is a possibility of polls being rigged on the day of results on May 23. 
The NCP fielded candidates from 22 seats in Maharashtra, whereas its ally, Congress, fought from the remaining 26 seats. Elections in Maharashtra were conducted in the first four phases. Counting of votes will take place on May 23. 

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