Raking up the issue of alleged manipulation in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today lashed out at the Election Commission and accused it of helping the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to win the upcoming MCD elections. Addressing the media, Kejriwal said that EC has become ‘Dhritarashtra’ with the only motive to help son ‘Duryodhana’ (BJP) emerge victorious in the elections.
“The EC has become ‘Dhritarashtra’, who wants his son (Duryodhana) to win by hook or crook. The EC’s motive is not to conduct the elections but to ensure the BJP’s victory,” said Kejriwal.
He also claimed that a few machines, used during the by-poll in Rajasthan’s Dholpur, may have been tampered with. “In these 18 EVM machines, the vote was going to the BJP no matter where it was pressed. In Bhind, one such EVM was found during mock drill. In Dholpur, 18 such EVM machines were found. It means that their software was changed, the code and programming was changed. When did they change all this?” Kejriwal said while wondering as to why the poll body was not ready to investigate it.
“Even for the Delhi municipal elections, the EVMs are coming from Rajasthan. They want BJP to win here also.” he added. The Delhi Chief Minister further said the people of India won’t forgive the Election Commission and BJP for the ‘game’, which they are playing with the Constitution.
Kejriwal had earlier expressed doubts over the security features installed in the EVM machines while demanding that the upcoming civic polls in the capital be conducted using paper ballots.
Last week, the EC had in a veiled attack on Kejriwal said that baseless observations and allegations were made by a “leader of a political party today in a press conference regarding the use of EVMs” and clarified its position.