Sundargarh: Senior Congress leader George Tirkey on Wednesday attributed his poll defeat to a well-orchestrated conspiracy by BJP and some of his own party leaders.
Talking to the media here, Tirkey, who had contested the Sundargarh Lok Sabha seat, said BJP candidate Jual Oram had won Sundargarh Lok Sabha seat in 2014 with 3.3 lakh votes. In that election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had campaigned for him. Besides, BJP leader Dilip Ray had also campaigned for Oram. But in this election, neither the PM nor Ray had campaigned for him. Despite this, Oram managed to get 5.6 lakh votes. “How can it be possible? I am sure that BJP has hacked the EVMs as there was no question of the Congress losing this Lok Sabha seat,” Tirkey asserted.
The tribal leader also alleged that some Congress insiders had plotted his defeat as well. “Some senior leaders of the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) and District Congress Committee (DCC) were involved in the conspiracy. I have brought this matter to the notice of the PCC and demanded the ouster of these conspirators from the party with immediate effect,” he added.