Having resigned as Chief Minister of Karnataka, the BJP leader BS Yedyurappa has written to the election commission alleging grave irregularities in the recently conducted assembly elections.
This comes a day after cases of voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines were found abandoned in a shed in Vijayapur district of Karnataka.
“This incident has exposed the hollowness of the claim of the election commission that assembly elections in Karnataka were held in a fair and free manner,” alleged Mr Yeddyurappa in a letter to Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat.
It need be recalled that Yeddyurappa was sworn in as Chief Minister on Thursday after the BJP emerged the single largest party in the elections.
However, he had to resign two days later before the trust vote as he did not have the numbers.
Earlier in the day, Karnataka’s Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar told reporters that eight VVPAT carrying boxes and not the machines had been found.
It was said that VVPATS are electronically monitored and can be tracked with the six-digit bar code – one alphabet and five numerals.
These VVPATS were found in Vijaypur but they do not have the six-digit code, it was informed.
VVPAT, a device attached to an electronic voting machine (EVM), prints a paper slip containing the name of the candidate and their election symbol after a voter presses the button on the EVM against the candidate of his or her choice.>