Hopes dashed in the recently concluded Assembly Elections, Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is now blaming the EVMs.
He demanded that ballot boxes should be used in the Delhi Municipal Corporation elections which are to be held on April 22.
Kejriwal had directed Chief Secretary M.M. Kutty to ask the State Election Commission to hold MCD elections through ballot papers.
But the Election Commissioner S.K. Srivastava said that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) would be used.
If Kejriwal ji does not have faith in EVMs then let us have re polling on the 67 assembly seats he won-Manoj Tiwari,BJP pic.twitter.com/jWhrKSXQoE
— ANI (@ANI_news) March 14, 2017
The parties that lost are raising EVM fraud issue. It started with BSP chief Mayawati, whose party got such a drumming in Uttar Pradesh that it might be staring at a political oblivion.
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 11, 2017
In response, the Election Commission told Mayawati,
“The poll panel has said that it has made repeated visit to Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and met the representatives of all parties, including your party. No one raised any objection with regard to functioning of EVMs at these meetings. The commission has thus not received any complaints during the entire process of installation in UP and Uttrakhand with regard to your allegation of grave manipulation of EVMs.”
Yet unable to digest their defeat, the parties are now suspecting the EVMs. Everyone from Congress leaders to AAP leaders are claiming that BJP won because of the EVMs.
Twitterati pointed out the hypocrisy of those claiming EVM fraud:
Fact-BJP won 17 seat out of 20 where EVM with VVPAT system was used.Dont spread rumor that BJP lost all such seats.Accept defeat and Move on
— Narendra nath mishra (@iamnarendranath) March 14, 2017
— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) March 14, 2017
When the election commission, which is an autonomous constitutional authority, has ruled out EVM tampering, should we not move on? Losers!
— Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) March 13, 2017
Sad to hear Mayawati blaming EC and EVM for her defeat. Time to face the truth that the voters’ mood has changed.
— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) March 11, 2017
@ANI_news Kejriwal Ji was elected Delhi CM by EVM. His CMship must be canceled and fresh Delhi election should happen using ballot paper.
— YOGESH JOSHI (@ykjoshi) March 14, 2017
@ANI_news What’s next? Scrap EVM and introduce Voice votes for all the elections ?😏😏
— अंश☠👻🇮🇳 (@D_Nyc_Guy) March 14, 2017
@ANI_news The man who wanted in 2013 in his 1st avatar as DelhiCM to take policy decision based on people’s SMSs now demands scrapping EVMs.
— Bimal Pr. Mohapatra (@bimal_pr) March 14, 2017
This point raised by Sanjay Nirupam of Congress party, however, is worth noting:
Some may suspect EVM,some may not.But EC must introduce Voting Verification Slips in EVM to clear all suspicions as per its affidavit to SC.
— Sanjay Nirupam (@sanjaynirupam) March 11, 2017