Telangana Congress President claims EVM manipulation, demands audit

Congress, which appeared to be heading for a big loss in Telangana assembly elections, has raised suspicions of EVM manipulation and demanded 100% counting of the Voter-verifiable paper audit (VVPAT) slips.

As the Congress was leading in only 22 of the 99 seats it contested in the December 7 polls, its state unit President Uttam Kumar Reddy said there was a ‘strong’ suspicion that the electronic voting machines had been manipulated.

The ruling TRS appeared to be on course to return to power, taking the lead in 87 seats as per latest counting trends available.

“All Congress candidates should submit letters to their returning officers demanding counting of VVPAT paper trails,” a source within the Congress quoted Reddy saying.

The Congress had forged an opposition alliance with the Telugu Desam Party, the Telangana Jana Samiti, and the CPI.

The TDP was leading in two seats while the other alliance partners were trailing in the seats they contested.

VVPAT or paper trail machine is a device that dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip appears on a small window for seven seconds and then drops in a box and provides means for the voter to verify his vote.