Rashtriya Lok Samata Party president Upendra Kushwaha on Tuesday threatened that there would be violence and bloodshed if attempts were made to tamper with EVMs and the results of the Lok Sabha polls. Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Kushwaha urged the people of Bihar to take up arms to prevent the “loot of votes”. “If anyone attempts to tamper with EVMs or the Lok Sabha poll results, there would be violence and bloodshed,” he said. Leaders of other parties in the Mahagathbandhan — the Congress, the RJD, the Vikassheel Insaan Party and the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) — were also present at the press meet. Mr. Kushwaha has contested from Karakat and Ujiyarpur Lok Sabha constituencies against strong NDA candidates Mahabali Singh (Janata Dal-United) and Nityanand Rai (BJP). Under the seat-sharing pact of the Mahagathbandhan, the RLSP contested from five seats of the total 40 in Bihar.‘Exit poll illusion’ Mr. Kushwaha recalled the time when incidents of booth capturing were common in Bihar. “Today booth capturing does not take place but attempts are being made to loot the election results. If any attempt like this happens, then I would urge the people of the State and Mahagathbandhan to pick up arms to protect their votes,” he said. “An illusion is being created through the exit polls by BJP leaders… we do not accept these exit polls,” he added.His remarks came in the wake of reports of alleged movement of EVMs in trucks and vans from one place to another in the State. Earlier, former Chief Minister and RJD leader Rabri Devi had tweeted: “EVMs are being confiscated from trucks and vans near strongrooms in the country. When, why, who and for what are they taking these EVMS? Is it a part of a pre-scheduled programme? The Election Commission should make it clear soon.”
The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) on Sunday announced that it will hold protest marches against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) across all the States in the region on Monday.All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), which is a major constituent of the NESO, and other seven member organisations will hold their demonstrations in front of the respective Raj Bhavans in all the States.“Through each Governor, the protesters will submit memorandums to the Prime Minister and Home Minister against the bill, which is strictly against the indigenous people of the region,” a NESO release said.“North East is not a dustbin of illegal Bangladeshi people. Under no circumstances, the CAB will be accepted. Our protest against the anti-indigenous CAB will continue,” the statement said.The BJP is bringing in the CAB only to garner votes of the illegal Bangladeshis and the ruling party is going ahead with the decision on the CAB on the back of their numbers in Parliament, it alleged.The member organisations of the NESO are AASU, KSU, GSU, AMSU, NSF, TSF, AAPSU and MZP.The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill had been passed in Lok Sabha on January 8 but lapsed later as it could not be placed in Rajya Sabha.The CAB seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of stay in the country even if they do not possess proper documents.