After Punjab rout, Arvind Kejriwal questions EVMs, says 'AAP votes stolen'

Arvind Kejriwal has raised doubts over the poll results in Punjab.

It seems Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is yet to digest the crushing defeat his party faced in Punjab assembly polls. A day after urging Election commission to replace electronic voting machines with ballot papers for Delhi civic polls, Kejriwal on Wednesday raised doubts over the poll results in Punjab.

Addressing a press conference in Delhi, the chief minister said,” Many said that there is anger against Akali’s & AAP is sweeping polls, still AAP got 25% votes & SAD got 31%, how is it possible?”

Alleging that votes of Aam Aadmi Party were stolen in Punjab, Kejriwal said,” Through the EVM is it possible that 20-25% vote share meant for AAP was transferred to SAD-BJP alliance.”

“Election Commission’s responsibility is to keep people’s faith in EVM. They cannot shirk responsibilit,” he added.

Underlining the need to increase people’s faith in EC, he urged the poll body  to count slips of VVPAT and match it with figures of EVM results.

He also said it is too late to declare Punjab Goa elections void but this is for future, faith has to be restored in electoral process.

The AAP convener also said that questions are being raised over  transparency of EVMs in UP too.

On Tuesday, Kejriwal’s wrote to election commission seeking use of ballot papers instead of EVMs in light of alleged tampering with these machines. His letter to EC came two days after Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati allegations that EVMs were tampered in favour of BJP and demanded fresh voting with ballot papers.