Siddaramaiah raises doubts about EVMs' credibility

With exit polls forecasting a facile victory for the BJP in Maharashtra and Haryana and a rout for its rivals, led by the Congress, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday expressed suspicion about the credibility of the Electronic Voting Machines.

Exit polls varied widely in their projection of seats for the rival alliances, but were in no doubt about an emphatic victory with more than two-thirds seats for the BJP-led NDA in both the states.

Speaking to reporters at Hubballi, the senior congress leader said he had travelled via road from Solapur to Hyderabad when he had gone to Maharashtra for campaigning and the road condition there was "pathetic", despite Nitin Gadkari, who is Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, hailing from the state.

There has no been development there in five years, he alleged.

" Don't know how people are voting them. I dont know, Siddaramaiah said.

"I dont know why (BJP is winning), they are misusing EVMs-is what I feel...Election Commission of India is under them and functions according to their instructions, like CBI and ED are being misused, he said.