Lost in polls… Maya, Kejriwal allege EVM tampering

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at Lady Harding Hospital after he was stopped at the hospital to meet the family of Subedar Grewal who allegedly committed suicide over OROP, in New Delhi. Photo - PTI

FILE: New Delhi: File photo of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Photo – PTI

After facing rout in the recently held assembly polls, BSP supremo Mayawati and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal alleged tampering with the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Holding separate pressers, the two leaders also attacked the BJP over its mega success in the elections, especially in Uttar Pradesh.

While the strong player BSP was reduced to 19 seats even after securing 22.2% popular vote share in UP, AAP, which was hoping for a favourable outcome in Punjab, got 20 seats scoring 23.7% votes.

Reacting for the first time on its performance in the polls, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that around 20 to 25 per cent of its votes may have been “transferred” to the SAD-BJP coalition.

Saying that AAP’s poor tally of 20 seats is “beyond understanding”, he said the development raises a “big question mark” on the reliability of electronic voting machines (EVMs), even as he claimed that “political pundits across the spectrum had predicted a landslide” for his party.

“How did the Akalis get 30 per cent vote share when an AAP sweep was a foregone conclusion? No one said Congress will perform so well and it got a two-third majority. We suspect that 20-25 per cent of AAP votes may have been transferred to SAD-BJP through EVM tampering,” he said.

He also demanded that the votes registered in EVMs (electronic voting machines) be compared with the VVPAT trail in around 32 places in Punjab where the paper audit system was in place.

“It is about the credibility of the Election Commission and the faith of people in the electoral system. We have strong prima facie evidence of foul play,” he said.

Prior to this presser, Kejriwal government had even sought the state election commission to use the ballot papers in the upcoming municipal polls in Delhi next month. The request was, however, turned down by the poll panel citing that the preparations for polls have already begun.

File photo of BSP Chief Mayawati addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh.

File photo of BSP Chief Mayawati addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh.

Separately, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati also alleged tampering with the EVMs, saying her party will move court on the issue.

“They (BJP) have got this victory through tampering in the EVMs and this win smacks of dishonesty, fraud and murder of democracy…if the media is honest it will also not be able to digest it,” Mayawati alleged.

This was second time Mayawati had come out alleging tampering with the EVMs. She had first raised the allegations soon after election results on March 11.

“After we did not get a proper reply from the Election Commission on our complaint lodged with them soon after the results were announced on March 11, the party has decided to go to court in this matter so as to save (the country) from such a fraud in the future and save democracy,” she said.

The BSP leader was speaking to mediapersons ahead of addressing partymen at a review meeting on debacle in the recent polls.

“Our party has also decided to launch an agitation in Uttar Pradesh and other states to expose this fraud,” she said.