Published: Tue, January 22, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

EC once again rejects claim of EVMs tampering

EC once again rejects claim of EVMs tampering

On the BJP's charge about the involvement of the Congress in organizing the event as it was attended by Sibal, Singhvi said, "Obviously, the Congress party had nothing to do with organizing the press conference and does not know the principal actors and has no role to play". The event has been organised by Europe's Indian Journalists Association (IJA).

In its complaint, the Election Commission said Syed Shuja has allegedly violated section 505 (1) of the IPC pertaining to spreading rumours which creates panic.

Add to that the fact that Shuja has failed to provide any proof to substantiate his claims also works against him. He also claims the party got the former NDA cabinet member, Gopinath Munde, as well as journalist Gauri Lankesh killed to keep news of the EVM hack escaping to the general public. "It is better under such conditions that future elections, especially the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, be conducted using ballot paper, which can be verified at three levels, unlike the EVMs". Congress leader Kapil Sibal flew to London, so did a news website to live-webcast the event.

Mayawati has said earlier as well that the machines can be tampered with.

During nearly an hour and a half-long interaction, Shuja explained that he was first exposed to the EVMs while working for the Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) - the firm responsible for the manufacturing of the EVMs used by the Election Commission of India for polls in the country. Naqvi alleged that top Congress leaders, including its president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi, would have sent Sibal as their "postman". It also said, It is being separately examined as to what legal action can be taken related to the event for tampering of EVMs.

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Another Opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu, the Andhra Pradesh chief minister earlier took to Twitter to term EVM as a "big threat to democracy".

On the other hand, the government has rubbished the allegations of EVM hacking with Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad blaming the Congress party for the controversy. "These should be looked into with an open mind by the Election Commission", Singhvi was quoted as saying by PTI. Every vote of yours is precious.

He said that the 2014 general elections were rigged, nearly all political parties in the country are guilty in this and also late minister and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde was killed because he was aware of the rigging. The BJP had won the 2014 elections and had become the first party to secure a majority alone since 1984. We are working closely together and decided on Jan 19 itself to consistently take up the matter with EC.

Says Shekhar Gupta, condemning the irresponsible press meet, "This EVM presser isn't just underwhelming, it is insulting to anybody not smoking illegal stuff".

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