Plurals Party founder and London School of Economics alumna Pushpam Priya Choudhary has alleged that electronic voting machines (EVMs) were hacked in Bihar election. Pushpam Priya Choudhary took to Twitter to make the claim. She said, “EVM HACKED IN BIHAR!”
EVM HACKED IN BIHAR!
— Pushpam Priya Choudhary (@pushpampc13) November 10, 2020
Notably, the claim was made by her after she found that she was trailing on both the Assembly seats from where she contested the polls. Choudhary is contesting the polls from Bankipur seat in Patna and Bisfi seat in Madhubani.
As of 5 pm, the BJP’s Nitin Nabin is leading in the Bankipur seat followed by Congress’s Luv Sinha. Pushpam Priya is nowhere in the contest and had garnered only 1,465 votes. As far as the Bisfi seat is concerned, BJP’s Haribhushan Thakur is leading the counting tally followed by RJD’s Fayaz Ahmed. The Plurals Party has fared badly on this seat too and Pushpam Priya could garner only 669 votes till 5 pm.
Pushpam Priya declared herself CM contender
Pushpam Priya came to the limelight after she declared herself as a contender for the post of chief minister of Bihar. She is the daughter of former JDU MLC Vinod Chaudhary.
She had picked engineers, doctors, social activists, teachers, professors, farmers and retired officers as candidates. Every candidate of the Plurals Party had proclaimed his or her religion as Bihari. Pushpam Priya had announced her foray into the Bihar elections with elaborate newspaper ads.
Election Commission refutes allegations
The Election Commission has refuted Pusham Priya’s claims saying that EVMs are hack-proof.
“It has been clarified time and again that EVMs are robust and tamper-proof. The Supreme Court upheld integrity of EVMs more than once. The EC had also offered EVM challenge in 2017. Integrity of EVMs is without any doubt and merits no further clarification,” Sudeep Jain, deputy election commissioner said in reaction to Pusham Priya’s statement.
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