Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday used the news of pumps stealing petrol and took shots at the Yogi Adityanath’s BJP government. Yadav went on Twitter and said that if remote-controlled electronic chips could be used to steal petrol without any internet connection then the Electronic Voting Machines could also be tampered with. The former Chief Minister said that it was necessary that wrongful use of technology be put to rest. Yesterday, it was reported that a Special Task Force had raided multiple petrol pumps in Lucknow and found petrol theft in seven of these pumps.
जब रिमोट के द्वारा चिप से पेट्रोल की चोरी बिना किसी इंटरनेट कनेक्शन के हो सकती है तो ईवीएम से भी। टेक्नोलॉजी का गलत इस्तेमाल रोकना होगा।
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) April 29, 2017
It was also reported that electronic chips were being used to aid in these thefts. All the raided petrol pumps reportedly used to sell a lesser amount of petrol but charged the same amount of money. To make matters simpler for you, if you bought 1 litre of petrol and paid for it, you would be getting only 950 ml of petrol. Now that amount does look insignificant on an individual basis but consider for a moment, the sheer number of vehicles these petrol pumps cater to every day. Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said serious action will be taken against those who were involved in the act. “No culprits will be spared and today a special task force had raided multiple petrol pumps in Lucknow to check out the reports of petrol theft. Strict action will be taken on them,” Pradhan told the news agency ANI.
At the same time, the issue of Electronic Voting Machine tampering has been raised by opposition parties after the Bhartiya Janata Party had swept the Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was one of the firsts to raise the matter in public, saying that the EVMS were tampered to support one party. He had even gone on to demand the use of ballot boxes in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi polls.