In the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, both Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party suffered heavy defeats. On one hand, SP leader Akhilesh Yadav came out and accepted the loss, BSP supremo Mayawati sparked a new debate by saying the Electronic Voting Machines or EVMs were fabricated and all the votes went in BJP’s favour. Now, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who by the way scored an All India Rank (AIR) of 563 in the IIT-JEE exam and is a graduate of IIT Kharagpur, has jumped into the controversy. He has written to the Election Commission asking them to use old ballot paper medium instead of EVMs in the upcoming Delhi Municipal Corporation elections.
Before we talk about this issue, let me just give you a small example. Anyone who has played ‘gully cricket’ in India would actually relate to it. When a batsman gets out in street cricket, it is very difficult to convince him that he is out. He would come up with all sorts of excuses to save his wicket and if none of them works out, more often than not, he would walk off without completing the match. Arvind Kejriwal is a grown-up version of that kid. To be honest, blaming EVM machines is as desperate as it gets. Actually, the last time Arvind Kejriwal did so was a week before the Delhi elections where he ended up winning 67 out of 70 seats.
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Even if we keep the motive aside for a second, the request doesn’t make much sense. It is much easier to fabricate ballot boxes and give a wrong counting than using EVM machines so how does it solve the problem? Moreover, in a way he is pushing the country 15 years back in time. It is like saying stop using smartphones, laptops, internet just because your bank accounts can be hacked or information can be stolen.
But, Mr Kejriwal the solution isn’t that! If you actually want a fair election to be conducted report the issue to the Election Commission, ask them to come up with new measures and arrangements instead of the current ones because creating a drama out of everything won’t help anyone.