An Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and four VVPATs were found at a Trinamool Congress leader’s residence in Uluberia Uttar of Howrah district in West Bengal where polling is underway in the third phase, covering 31 seats. Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) workers say that the machine was found at TMC leader Gautam Ghosh’s residence in Tulsiberia.
The BJP party workers protested against the TMC at a polling booth here. They also raised slogans against Gautam Ghosh and his party TMC.
Chiran Bera, BJP candidate from Uluberia Uttar accused the TNC of electoral interference and demanded action against him.
The Sector Officer said that he was unaware of how the machine was moved out from the polling booth. “Assistant Sector Officer Ranjeet Majumdar was not present at the polling booth when the incident took place. The machine was probably taken out when security personnel was asleep,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission has suspended the Sector Officer. The poll body said that it was a reserved EVM that has been removed from the election process.
Uluberia North is an assembly constituency in Howrah district. The seat is reserved for SC. Voting for 31 assembly seats in West Bengal is currently underway in the third phase.