A picture of Shabana, the independent candidate who raised questions over EVM

A video posted on Twitter raises serious questions on the credibility of EVMs as an independent candidate from Saharanpur alleges fraud

“At least my family had voted for me, how can I get zero votes,” asks Shabana, an independent candidate from Shaharanpur in Uttar Pradesh civic polls. Her husband adds, “where did my vote vanish?”

“We at least had three votes from our family, but we must at least have had 900 votes,” claims her husband in the video posted by an Aaj Tak journalist. “EVM me sarasar gadbadi hai,” he adds is complete disdain.

यूपी निकाय चुनाव : सहारनपुर के नूरबस्ती से निर्दलीय उम्मीदवार शबाना ने EVM पर उठाए सवाल, कहा मैंने और मेरे परिवार ने तो मुझे वोट दिया था तो फिर मुझे 0 वोट कैसे मिले? शबाना के पति ने पूछा, मैंने जो वोट दिया वो कहां गया?

It is worth noting that it was the first time when Saharanpur, West Uttar Pradesh, saw municipal polls take place and it was earlier reported that In Saharanpur, the names of many voters were found missing from the voters’ list.

Actually, on the day of voting, reports of faulty EVMs had emerged from various places including Meerut and Saharanpur where people had alleged that no matter which party they were voting for, their votes were counted as BJPs. During the 1st phase of UP civic polls, AAP leader Atishi Marlena demanded the Election Commission to conduct a thorough investigation into allegations that EVMs used in the Uttar Pradesh civic body polls were casting votes only for the BJP at several places.

Marlena told reporters that cases of EVM malfunctioning were also reported during polls in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. The one thing common in all cases was that the vote went to the BJP no matter which button was pressed, she claimed. “These cases should be thoroughly investigated by the Election Commission,” she had said.

Although the counting is still in progress, BJP is poised to win most of the seats but such allegations, both on the day of election as well as the counting day, is going to put a question mark on the manner of the victory and its credibility.

However, BJP lost all six Nagar Panchayats in Dy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya’s home town, Kaushambi. The saffron party also lost the Gorakhnath ward in Gorakhpur, which is seen as Yogi Adityanath’s bastion.