As reports of delayed arrival of EVMs, power shutdown and other glitches keep pouring in from across the state, the Congress workers have increased surveillance at the strong rooms. Even as security personnel are guarding the strong room where EVMs are being kept, Congressmen are also camping on the premises keeping a strict vigil to avert any attempt of ‘manipulations and tempering’ with the machines.
Allaying the apprehensions of manipulations with EVMs, State chief electoral officer VL Kantha Rao said that all political parties and people should be rest assured about the safety of the EVMs which are kept in three-layer security. Each and every candidate or their agents have put up their signatures on the EVMs and other related documents and it was not possible to manipulate or replace the machines, assured Rao.
All the strong rooms are under surveillance of CCTVs and LED screens placed outside the strong room are streaming live the visual feeds of the rooms. The Congressmen and workers of other parties are glued to LED screens. Their shifts keep changing three-four times a day and regular supply of meals and other essentials are being maintained. Now even the BJP workers have joined the rivals at the monitoring sites.
The Congress media vice president Bhupendra Gupta said that they have reason to remain cautious as a slight oversight may lead to any untoward situation which may cost party candidate dear. Clarifying that the party was not pointing any fingers at the election commission and their security apparatus, Gupta, however, said that they do not trust local administration and are apprehensive of their actions. The Congressmen are keeping watch in all 51 district headquarters round the clock, he added.