Kejriwal blames EVMs for Punjab loss, wants EC to probe

It’s Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s turn to do a Mayawati now.

Having lost elections in Punjab, Kejriwal is now crying foul and levelling charges of Electronic Voting Machines having been tampered with.

He has 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.

“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.

“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 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.

In the just-concluded Punjab election, the AAP got 20 seats. In Goa, the party won no seats.