EVM row: Arvind Kejriwal questions EC, calls it a ‘puppet’

Pragati Ratti Sharma
Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Monday lashed out at the Election Commission questioning the poll panel over allegedly tampered Electronic Voting Machines (EVM).

New Delhi, April 3: Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Monday lashed out at the Election Commission questioning the poll panel over allegedly tampered Electronic Voting Machines (EVM). Addressing a press conference today, Kejriwal said that the EC was acting as a puppet in the hands of the government. He also alleged that EVMs were tampered during the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Kejriwal also said that the MCD elections may also be tampered with if this continues.

Kejriwal’s comments came after the Election Commission asked the Aam Aadmi Party to introspect over its loss in the Assembly elections rather than pointing fingers at EVMs and EC. “It is unfair on your part to attribute an unsatisfactory poll performance of your party to the alleged tampering of EVMS. To verify the vote cast in the recently concluded Assembly polls, the party was free to file an election petition in the High Court,” the EC told Aam Aadmi Party on Monday. “No credible material had been brought to the knowledge of authorities during and at the time of EVM ‘mock drills’ in Punjab elections to show alleged tampering in EVMs used in the state,” the poll panel said.

“The commission strongly objects to this wrong and imaginary extrapolation of the order. This may please be noted as a responsible political party. Any surmise based on foreign studies or operating system based EVMs used elsewhere would be completely erroneous,” the panel told AAP.

On Saturday, Kejriwal had requested the Election Commission to order a probe into cases of allegedly faulty EVMs and find out if their software can be tweaked in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He even took to Twitter and retweeted a video of the trial of an EVM in Madhya Pradesh alleging that it was voting only in favour of the BJP.