Amidst huge doubts being raised on the possible tampering of EVMs in Gujarat, the Supreme Court on Friday came to the ruling BJP’s rescue as it rejected the plea made by Congress party asking for the counting of 25% VVPAT papers.
The Congress had asked the top court to direct the Election Commission to count and cross check at least 25% of VVPAT paper trail with EVM votes.
This came a day after the Congress party launched a stunning attack by accusing the Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti of working as a personal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Joti had served as a chief secretary to Modi during the latter’s term as Gujarat’s chief minister. He was hand-picked by Modi for the CEC’s role.
Joti’s impartiality had come under huge condemnation, when he decided to not announce the dates for Gujarat elections with Himachal Pradesh even though the counting for the two states will take place on the same day.
He was also criticised for not initiating any action against Modi and other BJP leaders when they breached the election code of conduct.
Janta Ka Reporter had last week carried an investigative piece linking the beneficiaries of Gujarat gas scam worth Rs 20,000 crore with the manufacturers of the microchips used in Indian EVMs. Joti incidentally had served the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation when Modi was Gujarat’s chief minister.