Raising his pitch against the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in elections, a combative Arvind Kejriwal once again asked the Election Commission to investigate the alleged tampering of EVMs in Punjab, which his party, the Aam Aadmi Party, lost handsomely to the Congress.
"Many said that there is anger against the Akalis and that the AAP is sweeping the polls. Still the AAP got 25 per cent of votes and the SAD got 31 per cent. How is it possible?" Kejriwal asked in a press conference in New Delhi. "Through the EVM, is it possible that 20-25 per cent vote share meant for the AAP was transferred to the SAD-BJP alliance?" he asked.
"Even the developed countries have given up on EVMs. Should we not rethink? Even the BJP including Advaniji had said the EVMs can be tampered," he said.
"The Election Commission's responsibility is to keep people's faith in the EVMs. They cannot shirk that responsibility," the AAP convener said as he asked the poll panel to investigate the Punjab election.
In the just-concluded Punjab election, the AAP got 20 seats. In Goa, the party won no seats.
"We know it is too late to declare the Punjab and Goa elections void, but this is for the future. The faith has to be restored in the electoral process. The Election Commission should count slips of the VVPAT and match it with the figures of the EVM results. If it matches, people's trust will increase," he said.
"Even the Supreme Court has said that the EVM is vulnerable to tampering. We aren't the only ones saying it. I know you will all make fun of me, hashtag me for saying so," he said.
Kejriwal is not the first politician to question the EVMs. After her humiliating defeat in Uttar Pradesh, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati alleged that the EVMs were tampered with, and demanded a paper ballot re-election, a demand also backed by her rival in the state, Akhilesh Yadav.