Lucknow: An Indian cyber expert had claimed that electronic voting machines (EVMs) can be hacked and said that the 2014 general election was rigged through EVMs. On Tuesday, the cyber expert’s remark triggered reactions from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as well as from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) chiefs.
While the BJP vehemently denied the sensational claim saying the cyber expert failed to provide any proof for his allegations, leaders like BSP chief Mayawati and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said the matter needs to be looked into.
While Mayawati said that the EVM matter must be resolved keeping in view democracy’s larger interest, Akhilesh reiterated similar sentiments saying that the Election Commission and the government should make a decision.
The BSP chief said, “Keeping democracy’s larger interest in view, essential to look into EVM matter so that it gets resolved soon. It’s possible to validate ballot paper but it’s not the case with EVM. We demand EC hold 2019 general election using ballot paper, taking this into cognizance.”