Union minister Harsh Vardhan today took a jibe at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over his attack on EVMs and said for the AAP leader the voting machines means ‘Everyone Votes (for) Modiji’. The Union Minister for Science and Technology said Kejriwal will soon demand the Election Commission be handed over to the Delhi government. “For Arvind Kejriwal, EVM stands for ‘Everyone Votes Modiji’ I’m sure he’ll soon demand the Election Commission be handed over to Delhi gov?? (sic),” he tweeted. Harsh Vardhan, an MP from Chandni Chowk, was BJP’s Delhi chief ministerial candidate.
Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the Election Commission to investigate cases of “faulty” EVMs and ascertain if their software can be tweaked “in favour of the BJP”. The CM’s remark came a day after some media reports suggested that Voter-verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine was dispensing slips of BJP symbol only, irrespective of the button pressed, during a demonstration exercise in Bhind, Madhya Pradesh.
VVPAT is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip drops in a box but the voter cannot take it home. After Punjab Assembly poll results, Kejriwal had alleged that EVM tampering may have led to AAP’s poor showing there and had said it could be part of a “conspiracy” to keep the party out of power in the state.