Yeddyurappa cries foul, alleges irregularities in Karnataka polls

Former Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa on Tuesday alleged “grave irregularities” in the recently-held Assembly elections in the state.

Mr Yeddyurappa dashed off a letter to Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat, days after voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines were found in a house at Vijayapur district of the state.

“I am of a firm belief that the Election Commission has taken a serious note of VVPAT machines found abandoned in a shed near Managuli village of Vijayavum district. It indicates grave irregularities in the conduct of Assembly polls in Karnataka”, wrote Mr Yeddyurappa in his letter.

The state BJP President also said that though his party had raised similar concerns before the polls, the Election Commission didn’t take note of it.

“Prior to polling, we brought many such irregularities to the notice of the concerned officials, but in vain”, he said.

Eight VVPATs without batteries were seized from from a laborers house near Manguli village on May 18, days after assembly results were announced.

Mr Yeddyurappa, who was sworn in as Chief Minister on May 17, however, resigned just before the Floor Test, as he did not have the required numbers to prove majority in the House.


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