Gujarat elections 2017: Hardik Patel targets BJP with big claim, says 140 techies to hack 5000 EVMs

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New Delhi | December 17, 2017 4:20 PM

Hardik Patel again raised the EVM tampering bogey saying that 140 engineers have been hired to tamper with EVM machines.

Gujarat elections 2017, hardik patel claim, hardik patel EVM tampering, hardik patel engineers hired, 5000 evm hack, BJPHardik Patel again raised the EVM tampering bogey saying that 140 engineers have been hired to tamper with EVM machines. (PTI)

Just hours left for Gujarat’s mandate to be out, but the war of words from the politicos in the state just doesn’t seem to end. Taking the lead in heating up the issue is Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who is making some big claims. Today, Hardik has again raised the EVM tampering bogey saying that 140 engineers have been hired to tamper with EVM machines. Targeting the BJP, Hardik tweeted on Sunday that the party is preparing to hack 5000 EVMs in Ahmedabad with the help of 140 engineers.

After Hardik’s tweet, officials said that the Election Commission will give any clarification on this issue. “These are baseless allegations. I don’t think any clarification is needed. Even if any clarification is to be issued, it will be issued by EC,” said Avantika Singh, Ahmedabad collector.

Yesterday, Hardik had slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party claiming that it will tamper with the EVMs on Saturday and Sunday night. The stunning part of these claims was that Hardik Patel said that BJP will deliberately lose the election in Himachal Pradesh. He said that if the party loses in Gujarat, it will mark its downfall. Hardik, in a series of tweets, alleged that BJP will win the Gujarat elections with the help of EVM tampering but will lose in Himachal Pradesh so that no fingers are pointed at it.

The second phase of voting for 93 seats in North and Central Gujarat finished on December 14. While the polling was largely peaceful, two incidents of clashes were reported in Mehsana and Vadodara districts, police officials said. The EC received complaints from five places that electronic voting machines (EVMs) were connecting to external devices via Bluetooth, but after inquiry, it was found that there was “no substance” in the complaints, poll officials said. There were complaints of EVMs getting connected to the external devices via Bluetooth were received from Patan, Kheda, Mehsana districts, Ghatlodia in Ahmedabad district and Godhra in Panchamahal district. Last Saturday, during the first phase of the Assembly polls, the Congress had complained that some EVMs in Porbandar were connecting to external devices via Bluetooth. However, the EC had said that the apprehension of possible EVM tampering through Bluetooth technology was baseless.

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