The BJP today sharpened its attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for questioning the electronic voting machine (EVM). At the BJP national executive meet, the party asked Arvind Kejriwal to accept the Election Commission's challenge to show that EVMs could be hacked.
"One Chief Minister in the country, who is from the IIT, claims that there are 70 methods by which EVM can be hacked. This hacking CM should accept Election Commission's challenge and show that the EVMs can be hacked," Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on the first day of the BJP national executive meet in Bhubaneswar.
Ravi Shankar Prasad was briefing the media-persons about what BJP president said in the national executive meet when he dared Arvind Kejriwal to accept the poll panel's open challenge.
Earlier, Amit Shah told the BJP national executive that those questioning the EVM were insulting the Election Commission.
Amit Shah said, "I expected that the parties losing election would accept defeat, but now they are looking for excuse and blaming the EVM for their own fault."
"Was EVM okay when we lost elections in Delhi and Bihar," asked Amit Shah at the BJP national executive meet.
The Opposition parties have put out a united front in alleging that the EVMs were manipulated and tampered with during the recently held Assembly elections in five states. The BJP went on to form governments in four states - Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. The Congress came back to power in Punjab.
BSP chief Mayawati was the first leader to raise doubts over the EVM soon after the Assembly election results were announced for Uttar Pradesh shattering her party's dreams of forming a government in the state.
Mayawati's claim was reiterated by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi Party had high hopes of seizing Punjab the way it did in Delhi in 2015. But, the party could not do well either in Punjab or Goa.
Kejriwal went on to claim that the EVMs are not safe and can be hacked. Kejriwal even said that he can show this to the Election Commission if the poll panel gives him the EVM for 72 hours.
Meanwhile, some reports from Madhya Pradesh's Bhind suggested that the EVMs did not behave properly during a demo by the Election Commission officials. The EVMs and attached Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trails (VVPAT) routed votes to the BJP irrespective of the button pushed on the machine.
Later, a 13-party delegation met the Election Commission in New Delhi saying that they did not have faith in the EVMs. However, the Opposition was not united in seeking remedy.
Some parties demanded that VVPAT must be attached with the EVM. Some others including Arvind Kejriwal's AAP demanded that the Election Commission should go back to ballot papers.
The chorus of the Opposition parties has been growing over the EVM tampering. Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav today said that ballot papers should be used for conducting election.