Hashmi says Cong helped Modi win, quits panels

Social activist Shabnam Hashmi on Friday resigned from five government panels, including the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), alleging that the Assembly elections in Gujarat was "manipulated" and accused "a group within the Congress" of "conniving" to ensure Narendra Modi's victory. She did not provide any documentary evidence to back her charge.

Hashmi, the founder member of NGO Anhad, resigned from the Maulana Azad Education Foundation, National Monitoring Committee for Minority Education (NMCME), National Literacy Mission Council (NLM) and Assessment and Monitoring Authority of Planning Commission besides CABE.

She said there was a "strong anti-Modi wave in Gujarat" and "there was no way he could have won". In "25 to 30 seats, the verdict was manipulated.

"It cannot be done without the connivance of some part of the ruling establishment," she alleged. Asked whether she meant the Congress or the UPA by referring to the ruling establishment, she replied "a group within the Congress".

While she claimed that the manipulation could have been done by tampering with the electronic voting machines during voting or during counting of votes, she did not explain why a section of the Congress would help the BJP win the election.

"I don't have answers for that. My suspicion arise from the feedback on the ground," she said. She also referred to the presence of a large number of foreign diplomats and journalists in Gujarat just before the polls and demanded an independent investigation into this aspect.

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