Congress’s Ajay Maken flags new rule at counting centres to warn against rigging; ECI rebuts charge | India News

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Sunday alleged mass rigging at the counting centres as it claimed that candidates’ agents were not being allowed at the tables of AROs (Assistant Returning Officer) drawing an immediate rebuttal from the Election Commission of India.
Congress leader Ajay Maken, in a post on X, alleged that candidates’ counting agents were not being allowed at the ARO table for the first time.“I have contested 9 Lok Sabha & Vidhan Sabha elections in the past- And this is happening for the first time. If true, this is bigger than the alleged EVM rigging! I am flagging this issue for all candidates! I hope @ECISVEEP rectifies it soon,” the Congress leader posted.

Congress communication in charge Jairam Ramesh responded to Maken’s post with allegations of mass rigging.
However, the poll body rebutted Maken’s charge.
“It is clarified that Counting Agents of Candidates are allowed at the tables of RO/AROs,” the Delhi chief electoral officer said responding to Maken. Later the Election Commission of India reposted the Delhi CEO‘s reply on its handle.

The exit polls have predicted another massive victory for the BJP-led NDA with most of them giving between 350 to 400 seats to the ruling alliance. However, the opposition parties claim that the exit polls are biased and the results on June 4 will be different from these projections.


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