Chhattisgarh minister Kawasi Lakhma said: You have to press the first button in the EVM. If you press the second button, you will get an electric shock…there is current in it. You will get an electric shock even if you press the third button.
Congress leader and Chhattisgarh minister Kawasi Lakhma. (Photo: ANI)
A minister in Chhattisgarh is in the eye of a controversy after he said voters will get an electric shock if they press any other button other than the first button on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM). Kawasi Lakhma, the “honourable” minister for excise, commerce and industries in Chhattisgarh, said this during an election rally in the state on Wednesday.
The Election Commission has reportedly issued him a notice seeking an explanation for his comment.
While campaigning for the Congress party, Kawasi Lakhma said: “Aapko pehla number button dabana hai. Dusre number ka button dabaoge toh current lagega..,usmain current hai. Teesre number button main bhi current hai (You have to press the first button in the EVM. If you press the second button, you will get an electric shockthere is current in it. You will get an electric shock even if you press the third button).”
Kawasi Lakhma is a seasoned politician from Chhattisgarh.
His bizarre comment came just a day before the second phase of voting for the Lok Saha election. Three Lok Sabha seats, Rajnandgaon, Kanker and Mahasamund, in Chhattisgarh will go to polls on April 18.
The Lok Sabha election is being conducted in seven phases. Voting for the seventh place will take place on May 19.
Results of the 2019 Lok Sabha election will be declared on May 23.
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