Kejriwal alleges EVM tampering in Punjab elections

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday alleged that 20-25 per cent of votes cast in favour of the AAP got transferred to the SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab.

Published: 15th March 2017 12:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th March 2017 08:24 PM   |  A+A-

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. | PTI File Photo

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Adding fuel to the fire, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind kejriwal on Wednesday raised serious questions over credibility of EVM machines used in recent elections held in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa etc. Kejriwal also asked for a probe on the allegation allegedly made by various people regarding tempering of EVM machines. Earlier, Mayawati, Bahujan Samaj Party chief had raised questions over EVM machines and said that results showed that Muslims votes went to the BJP.

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Delhi CM on Wednesday said that EVM machines can be tempered and it is banned in various developed countries. “Supreme court in its judgment had said that EVM machines are not 100% temper proof. Various developed countries have also banned use of EVM machines in elections. There are evidences hinting that EVM machines were tempered. Allegations made by various people must be probed,” Kejriwal said. “Election commission should check slips of voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) and match it with figures of EVM results if it matches people’s trust will increase,” Kejriwal added.

When asked about Delhi elections where EVM machines were used, Kejriwal said that it people who do tempering should reply why they didn’t temper in Delhi and Bihar Election. "So they may not have indulged in tampering. The same would explain the victory of JD(U)-RJD in Bihar. Even then BJP was very sure of winning the state," he said. “Our vote share went to Akalis and congress won in Punjab. Various time Arun Jaitley had said that we only want AAP to loose. 25-30% of AAP’s vote share was transferred to SAD so congress won election,” Delhi CM said. Kejriwal also said that till 2014, BJP also used to raise questions over use of EVM machines and LK Advani also said that EVM machines can be tempered.

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