Strong room CCTVs suddenly go blank in Baramati, alleges Sule

Pune: Controversies are refusing to die down in the Baramati Lok Sabha constituency even though voting was completed on May 7. MVA candidate Supriya Sule’s representative Laxmikant Khabiya shared a video clip on social media, in which the CCTV cameras at the strong room where the EVMs have been kept in Baramati, allegedly went blank for 45 minutes. Supriya Sule has now questioned the returning officer.

Sule shared a post on her X account and said, “The CCTVs at the godown, where the EVMs have been stored after voting, did not function for 45 minutes. The incident raises suspicions as CCTVs going blank at such an important place is a serious matter and indicates carelessness. When my poll representative contacted the officer concerned and the administration, he did not get a satisfactory reply.”

Meanwhile, Supriya Sule said, “There is no technician available at the strong room. Moreover, our representatives are not allowed to see the EVMs. This is a serious matter. The Election Commission should immediately take note of this and reveal the reasons behind the anomaly. It is necessary that proper action should be taken against the officials concerned.”

Explanation by the returning officer

The returning officer has refuted the allegations levelled by the NCP (SP). They said, “CCTVs were not switched off. Only the screen showing the feed by the CCTVs was not working for some time.”

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