Mangaluru, June 30, 2018: Four former MLAs of the Congress who had suffered a shock defeat in the recent Assembly elections have moved the High Court expressing doubts about the EVMs.
Initially JR Lobo, the defeated Congress candidate from Mangaluru South Constituency had moved the High Court blaming EVM for his defeat. Later, Mangaluru North constituency’s defeated Congress candidate BA Moidin Bava as also M K Somashekhar, the defeated candidate form Mysuru’s Krishnaraja constituency and Vasu from Chamaraja constituency have moved the Court on similar grounds.
Lobo was defeated by BJP’s Vedavyas Kamath by a margin of over 16,000 votes in Mangaluru South while in Mangaluru North Bava was defeated by BJP’s Dr Bharath Shetty.
It is worth mentioning here that apart from Bava and Lobo, defeated candidates Ramanatha Rai (Bantwal), Vasanth Bangera(Belthangady), Shakuntala Shetty (Puttur), Pramod Madhwaraj(Udupi) and Vinaykumar Sorake (Kaup) have already complained to the Election Commission alleging that manipulation of EVMs had led to their defeat.