Delhi, March 15: After a stinging defeat in the Assembly elections of Punjab and Goa, Aam Aadmi party’s national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a press conference questioning the sanctity of the Electronic Voting Machines used in the polling process.
Claiming that the sole reason that the Aam Aadmi Party lost the Punjab polls was because the party’s votes were transeferred to the BJP-SAD alliance, Kejriwal said in his briefing, “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? 25-30%of AAP’s vote was transferred to SAD so Congress won election. They wanted AAP to lose any which way. Akali’s victory would’ve made it too obvious.They only wanted to keep AAP out. “
Questioning the necessity for using EVMs, Kejriwal asked why when developed countries were not using the machines, India needed to use them. Expressing that he didnt mind being made fun off on social media, Delhi’s Chief Minister said that there was a need for the Election Commission to increase people’s faith in the voting mechanism.
He said, ” Election Commission’s responsibility to keep people’s faith in EVM. They cannot shirk responsibility. We know it is too late to declare Punjab Goa elections void but this is for future, faith has to be restored in electoral process. EC should count slips of VVPAT and match it with figures of EVM results if it matches people’s trust will increase.” He then added, ‘Developed countries have given up EVMs should we not rethink. Even the BJP including Advaniji had said EVMs can be tampered. Supreme Court has said that EVM is vulnerable to tampering, we aren’t saying it. I know you will all make fun of me, hash tag me.”
Indirectly blaming the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies, Kejriwal also made it a point to question why those who tampered with EVMs, didn’t do so in Delhi & Bihar. After the Punjab and Goa results, the Delhi Chief Minister had demanded that the Delhi Municipal Corporation elections be conducted via ballot paper. However, the Election Commission has clearly pronounced that the polling will continue to be via Electronic Voting Machines.