The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday staged a protest outside the office of the Election Commission of India (ECI) over the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) row. Delhi Labour Minister and AAP leader Gopal Rai said they would put forward their three demands in front of the EC. He said, “If the EC claims that its machines cannot be tampered with, then, we demand them to give us their machines and we will show them by hacking it.”
“We demand that the questions that have been raised regarding EVMs are resolved. Questions were raised in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab etc, so we want to appeal to the ECI that they give us their machine and we will show them by hacking it. Secondly, we want that the Supreme Court’s 2013 order of conducting elections by VVPAT should be implemented, and third, voting machine and the slips should be tallied,” Rai told ANI.
One of the protesters said, “We want the ECI to wake up and amend the machine. The BJP had been winning by taking all votes into its basket. And, our demand is that all the elections that have taken place should be recalled again.”
The protesters were seen chanting slogans, “EVM mei gadbadi karke vote chori band karo. EVM mei gandbad karke Loktantra ki hatya band karo.” Coming down heavily on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the EVM tampering row, the AAP on Tuesday staged a “live demonstration” of alleged EVM manipulation in the Delhi Assembly.
During the special day-long session of the Delhi Assembly, AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj got a machine similar to the EVMs and gave a demo about the same. He said the entire game was about a secret code, which once entered into the machine transfers all the votes to that one party which is supposed to win.
Bharadwaj undertook a small voting procedure by giving two votes each to every party (AAP, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), BJP, Indian National Congress (INC) and Samajwadi Party (SP). He then pressed the secret code and then gave another eight votes, all to AAP. As per the votes, the maximum votes should have gone to the AAP, but the results said a different story.
Bharadwaj further said that the secret code was easy to enter as the ballot unit was covered by a cardboard box and therefore, only the voter can see inside it. Bharadwaj also condemned the enquiry report of the Election Commission, saying that it had no basis.