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New Delhi: Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, activist and politician Kavita Krishnan and many others have re-ignited the Electronic Voter Machine (EVM) tampering debate on Twitter ahead of the Delhi assembly elections.

It all began after Home Minister Amit Shah, at an election rally in East Delhi’s Kondli Wednesday, said, “I know your decision, the results on 11 February will shock everyone.”

Bhushan, a public interest lawyer who was part of the Aam Aadmi Party before being ousted in 2015, expressed his doubts on Twitter and wondered whether Shah was “going to pull a rabbit out of the hat by EVM tampering” in the upcoming polls in Delhi.

Krishnan, a politburo member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), also expressed on Twitter her concerns about possible “EVM manipulation”.

Senior Congress leader and former finance minister P. Chidambaram called Shah’s remark “shocking”.

While Shahid Siddiqui, former Samajwadi Party leader, asserted that the “sangh” could go to any “extent to grab Delhi”.

Also read: Why opposition leaders float EVM conspiracy theories knowing they are not true

BJP defends Shah’s remarks

BJP leaders defended Shah’s remarks with National Spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi calling the accusers “losers”. BJP Mahila Morcha’s Priti Gandhi also ridiculed the matter.

EVM tampering has been a contentious issue for the party in the past few elections, especially the 2014 and 2019 general elections, when the Modi government won a thumping majority.

Several opposition parties, including the Congress, have accused the BJP of tampering with election results in both these instances. However, the Election Commission refuted these allegations.

Ironically, it was the BJP that had first flagged concerns regarding the EVM. In 2009, veteran party leader L.K. Advani had demanded the “reintroduction of ballot papers” during the Maharashtra assembly elections. In the last few years, opposition parties have raised the issue of EVM tampering every time the BJP has won an election.

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6 Comments Share Your Views


  1. EVM tampering becomes an issue only when BJP wins an election. What if AAP wins this election, which is most likely? Will these windbags swallow their words. Talking about EVM tampering is childish prattle. A case of fox and the sour grapes.

  2. In the 2019 lok sabha election ab ki baar 300 par while just month before the opinion poll predicted bjp won’t cross 120 seats now Shah said on 11 th the result will be shocking hole opinion poll predicts bjp will get 20 to 25 seat now if the result is shocking then it is something to do with EVM hera pheri .

  3. Why is t that NDTV & The Print not covering the mega disclose of EVM manipulation evidence destruction of 2019 Loksabha polls by Election Commission & Omission of India ?

  4. There are two types people who complain about EVM tempering. 1. Those who have no ability to comprehend the technology used and management of EVMs. 2. Those who are political crooks and expert in spreading lies.

  5. Junta needs to check the VVPAT and then to use RTI to get info to check the tally. The Quint today has a beautiful article on the dangers of EVM and asks why the EC destroyed all VVPATs within 4 months of the last LS-elections even though its won guidelines demand storage for 1 year!!


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