Kangra Congress candidate Pawan Kajal claimed on Thursday that "EVM (Electronic Voting Machine) tampering" was the reason behind his defeat in the Lok Sabha elections.
The Kangra Congress MLA contested against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s Kishan Kapoor, who is the Food and Civil Supplies Minister in the state.
Mr Kajal said his defeat even in his own assembly constituency was highly surprising.
He said victory or defeat was a common feature in any election but the huge gap of votes indicated "something fishy", suggesting that there was a possibility of tampering with the EVMs.
Nine other candidates are in the fray from Kangra besides Kishan Kapoor and Pawan Kajal. The counting of votes was still underway.