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Updated: 08-12-2018 20:40 IST

Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM)

leader Prakash Ambedkar Saturday alleged that electronic

voting machines (EVMs) were manipulated in the May 28

Bhandara-Gondiya Lok Sabha bypolls in Maharashtra.

NCP candidate Madhukar Kukde had defeated Hemant

Patle of the BJP in the bypoll by 48,097 votes, the result of

which was declared on May 31.

The bypoll was necessitated due to the resignation of

sitting BJP MP Nana Patole.

Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, Ambedkar said

the polling percentage (in the Bhandara-Gondiya bypoll) stood

at 38.5 at 5pm, however, at 6pm, it rose up to 53.5.

"According to the Election Commission, a maximum of

only 101 people can vote. However, here, 140 people were seen

to have voted. How is this possible?" he asked.

"This happened because EVMs were possibly manipulated.

The EC should conduct an investigation in the phenomenal rise

in polling percentage," Ambedkar said.

When asked about an alliance with the Congress for the

upcoming Lok Sabha and state Assembly elections, Ambedkar

said, "We are told that the Congress has not been given a

green signal to hold talks with us by the party high command."

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM)

and Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) had, on September 15,

announced that they will forge an alliance for the Lok Sabha

and Maharashtra Assembly polls in 2019.

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