The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday staged a “live demonstration” of alleged electronic voting machine (EVM) manipulation in the Delhi Assembly.
AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj claimed that anyone knowing a “secret code” could tamper with the EVMs and the code could be fed into a machine while casting vote.
The Election Commission has time and again rubbished allegations that EVMs can be programmed to favour any particular party.
Before Bhardwaj’s demonstration, Kejriwal tweeted, “Saurabh Bhardwaj will reveal the truth behind a big conspiracy in the country. Satyameva Jayate”.
Bhardwaj, who represents the Greater Kailash constituency, claimed that in his capacity as an computer science engineer, he had extensively worked in this area and was aware of how the machines could be fiddled with.
He said, “There are secret codes that can be used to decide on the day of voting which candidate can win… Give us access to the EVMs that will be used in the Gujarat elections (later this year) for only three hours…I challenge the BJP will never be able to win there then.”
His comments caused a huge laughter in the assembly.
The authenticity of EVMs has been a topic of intense scrutiny since the results for the five assembly elections were announced on 11 March.
Both AAP and the BSP had alleged a large-scale EVM fraud, which according to them had helped the BJP secure historic mandate in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission said that if the machine used by Bharadwaj was a prototype, then using it to declare that the machines used in polls can also be hacked is not true.
Quoting an EC official, HT reported that an FIR will be registered against AAP if it’s found that the party had procured a machine from its storage room.
“If it’s proven that the machine is stolen, then FIR will be filed against the party,” EC offical was quoted by HT.
(With PTI inputs)