Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is at war with the Election Commission over Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) tampering, has now questioned the poll panel's 'open challenge' to hack its voting machines.
"Why are these stories ascribed to "sources"? How credible are they? Why hasn't EC issued any formal statement? Or is it just a plant?" Kejriwal said suggesting that reports about Election Commission's open hacking challenge may have been planted in media.
Why are these stories ascribed to "sources"? How credible are they? Why hasn't EC issued any formal statement? Or is it just a plant? https://t.co/Cxvu4nBUg8
- Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 13, 2017 Kejriwal had recently challenged the Election Commission to allow him to pick a random EVM and he will prove within 72 hours that the machines could be tampered with.
At least 16 Opposition parties, including the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party, have alleged that the EVMs were tampered by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the just concluded Assembly elections in five states - Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Goa, Punjab and Uttarakhand. The BJP formed government in four of the states which went to polls in February-March.
Earlier this week, 13 Opposition parties had approached the Election Commission, expressing their "complete loss of faith" in EVMs and demanded use of VVPAT (voter-verified paper audit trail) and paper ballots in upcoming polls.
"Through our memorandum, we drew his attention to the recent critical developments which have seriously undermined governance and institutional integrity. The environment of fear and insecurity has been prevailing in the country and voices of dissent are being muzzled," Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, had said.