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Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 5: Tejashwi Yadav accuses Nitish Kumar, BJP of giving 'tampered EVMs' in 'grand alliance strongholds' in Bihar

Patna: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday accused Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and BJP of providing "tampered EVMs" at areas where "polling is happening strongly" in the favour of the grand alliance.

"We are noticing that wherever polling is happening strongly in our favour, malfunctioned EVMs are being provided to slow the polling process as per a strategy. This is happening out of fear as we are winning. Just to minimise the winning margin, Nitish Kumar and BJP are doing this," Tejashwi told ANI. "They should give in written that they won't take support from the 'mahamilawati' parties which they call us," he added.

 Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 5: Tejashwi Yadav accuses Nitish Kumar, BJP of giving tampered EVMs in grand alliance strongholds in Bihar

File image of RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav . PTI

When asked about the Muzaffarpur shelter home case, Yadav said, "There is clear involvement of Nitish Kumar and his dear ones in the case. They should at least abide by the Supreme Court's order. Also, Nitish Kumar should at least apologise for this."

On Monday, the Supreme Court had asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete within two weeks the probe into the alleged killing of 11 girls in the aforesaid case in which Brajesh Thakur is the main accused. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi while posting the matter for hearing on 3 June asked the probe agency to complete the investigation in the said time and also submit a status report in the case.

In Bihar, polling for the 40 Lok Sabha seats at stake is being held in all seven phases, with the last phase scheduled for 19 May. Results will be declared on 23 May. The RJD is in alliance with Congress, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP), Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), Lok Jantrantrik Dal (LJD) and Vikas Sheel Insaan Party (VIP) in the state.

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Updated Date: May 07, 2019 13:42:20 IST