Hajipur: Alleging 15,000 More Votes Counted Than Polled, RJD Candidate Writes to EC That EVMs Swapped
Before counting day, Shivchand Ram had lodged an official complaint about there being no electricity at the Hajipur strong room for almost two hours.
RJD’s Shivchand Ram wrote to the chief election officer in New Delhi on May 24, pointing out that an 15,422 more votes are part of the final tally than were actually polled at the Hajipur Lok Sabha seat in Bihar.
In the letter accessed by NewsCentral24x7, Shivchand Ram has alleged that there was heavy EVM rigging in the constituency. He gave a list of six polling stations where the number of votes cast did not match the final number of votes counted. At poll station number 128 named Raghopur, despite 1,59,468 votes being cast, 1,74,890 votes were registered on the EVM — meaning 15,422 unaccounted votes.
He also cited his earlier complaint sent on May 21, regarding how the strong room did not have electricity for 1.5 hours late in the night. He has alleged that the EVMs were swapped on that very night.
Prabhat Khabar had reported that on May 20, there was no electricity at the Hajipur strong room, following which, Shivchand Ram had filed an official complaint with the Hajipur District Election Officer Rajiv Roshan. It was almost two hours after his complaint that the electricity returned.
Polling in Hajipur was conducted on May 6.
BJP Ally Lok Jana Shakti Party’s Pashu Pati Kumar Paras won the Hajipur constituency with 5,41,310 votes while Shivchand Ram got 3,35,861 votes.