Mamata expressed concern over increase in voting percentage, raised questions on authenticity of EVM

Farakka (West Bengal). West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday criticized the Election Commission for ‘delaying’ the release of final voting percentage figures for the first two phases of the Lok Sabha elections. Mamata also expressed concern over the sudden increase in voting percentage in these two phases. Addressing two consecutive rallies in minority-dominated Malda and Murshidabad districts, Banerjee accused the Center of neglecting the state, which has a high percentage of minority and backward communities.

The Commission made public the final figures of voting percentage for the first two phases held on April 19 and April 26 on Tuesday evening. According to the Commission, the voting percentage was recorded at 66.14 percent in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections and 66.71 percent in the second phase. Addressing a rally in Farakka in Murshidabad district, Mamata Banerjee said, “The sudden increase of about 5.75 percent in the final voting percentage compared to the figures released earlier by the Election Commission is worrying. There is a possibility of BJP manipulating the election results as many electronic voting machines remained missing for several days.

The Trinamool Congress president said the sudden increase in voting percentage is not only worrying but also raises serious apprehensions over the authenticity of EVMs. She said, “The Election Commission should make the details of EVM manufacturers public because the BJP can go to any level to win the elections.” Mamata termed the BJP as a ‘jumla’ party and said that its interest was in making false promises. Just to gain popularity.

At the rally, Mamata said that do not vote for the Marxist Communist Party (CPI-M) and Congress in West Bengal, as they are agents of the BJP. Voting for CPI(M) or Congress means voting for BJP and voting for BJP will take away your democratic rights. Mamta said that there is no ‘India’ alliance in West Bengal. He said, “Both CPI(M) and Congress are contesting on minority dominated seats, so that they can help BJP by cutting Trinamool’s votes.” Voting for the Lok Sabha elections is being held in seven phases. Five phases of voting are still pending. Counting of votes will take place simultaneously on June 4.

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