As the debate over EVMs hotted up, former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said it was BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao who has authored a book questioning about electronic voting machines 10 years ago and party veteran LK Advani had written the preface of it.Also Read - Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose 125th Birth Anniversary: Govt Declares 23rd January as Parakram Diwas
In a tweet in Kannada, Siddaramaiah wrote, “BJP was the first to raise doubts about the EVMs. The spokesperson of that party had even written a book. Supporting the doubt, LK Advani had written the preface of the book. What’s the reason behind BJP’s change in stand in the last 10 years?” Also Read - 'Thappad se Darr Nahi Lagta', Uddhav Thackeray on BJP MLC’s Remark Against Shiv Sena Bhavan
The book ‘Democracy at risk due to EVMs’ was written by Rao, a psephologist-turned politician, after 2009 elections. Also Read - Centre to Demarcate Northeastern States' Boundaries Through Satellite Imaging to Settle Inter-state Border Disputes
A poster Siddaramaiah tweeted says, “Concerns about EVMs are legitimate when raised by BJP!”
His tweet came in the backdrop of six posers by BJP national president Amit Shah to the opposition parties led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for raising doubts about the sanctity of EVMs.
In his tweets, Shah condemned those questioning the EVMs saying that opposing EVMs is an insult to the voters. By questioning the EVMs the 22 parties shaken with the possible loss were tarnishing the image of the country, he said.
Shah also questioned the political parties why did they assume power who were elected through EVMs and were now questioning its authenticity.
As many as 21 political parties Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission asking it to first count the five VVPATs and tally with the EVMs before proceeding with the counting process for the Lok Sabha polls.
However, the EC turned down their plea.