New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday questioned the Election Commission over the privately sourced Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) used in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections. Taking it to the micro-blogging site Twitter, he tweeted, “From where can you procure EVMs privately? Doesn’t ECI claim that no one can manufacture or buy or sell EVMs privately? Isn’t anyone found in possession of EVMs without EC’s permission guilty of the criminal offence?”
His remarks came a day after Delhi University Students Union election. On Thursday, the counting of the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) election was stopped for an hour when there were allegations of faulty EVMs. However, following objections by students, the election officials decided to suspend the counting. But later it was resumed. The office of the Chief Electoral Officer had clarified that the EVMs used in DUSU election have not been issued by the Election Commission and it seems to have been procured privately.
On Thursday, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had won three out of the four top posts in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) election while the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) has won only one post. ABVP’s Ankiv Basoya, Shakti Singh and Jyoti Chaudhary won the elections for the posts of DUSU president, vice president, and joint secretary respectively and NSUI’s Akash Chaudhary won the election for the post of secretary.
On Thursday, Kejriwal had accused Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of “colluding” with Mallya to help him flee the country and demanded his resignation. He asked why had Jaitley not informed the investigative agencies about his meeting with the chief of now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines.
Mallya, who left India on March 2, 2016, faces charges of defrauding banks to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore.