New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ram Madhav on Sunday responded to former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah’s EVM is ‘Chor Machine’ statement and said he would like to ask the Congress if it too agreed with Abdullah’s statement in light of the recent win in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. Also Read - Not Justice For Sushant Singh Rajput, It's Justice For Gupteshwar Pandey: Rhea Chakraborty's Lawyer Reacts to Bihar DGP Taking VRS
He further said that he would want the Congress leaders to answer his question and then he’d speak over the issue. Madhav said, “I don’t want to react to Farooq Abdullah, I want to ask Congress leadership in MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan whether they agree that because EVMs were ‘chor’ they could win in those states. 1st answer that, then let’s see.” Also Read - High-Voltage Political Drama in Rajya Sabha as Derek O'Brien, 7 Other Opposition MPs Suspended For a Week Over Unruly Behaviour
Abdullah also blamed the BJP for the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir. “They have given us only pain in the last four and a half years. This government must go and let’s hope that the new government creates a new Hindustan,” he said. Also Read - Monsoon Session: 8 Rajya Sabha MPs Suspended From Remaining Session Over Farm Bills Ruckus, Refuse to Leave Parliament Premises
On Saturday, at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s mega ‘United India’ rally in Kolkata ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019, former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah insisted on the return of the ballot paper for a fair selection process. Calling the electronic voting machine (EVM) a “thief”, the National Conference leader said no country in the world uses this machine.
“EVM is a chor machine. We should meet the Election Commission of India and the President to urge them to stop the use of EVMs,” Abdullah said at the “United India Rally” organised by the Trinamool Congress chief at Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground.
Most opposition parties have demanded that paper ballots be brought back in the next Lok Sabha elections alleging that the EVMs can be tampered with. However, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora claimed that EVMs were being treated like a “football” by parties suffering electoral losses, and said the voting equipment was foolproof as far as fears of manipulation were concerned.