New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has dismissed as ‘absolutely rubbish’ the claims by a cyber expert that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were rigged in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Taking to Twitter, Jaitley said, “After Rafale, the non-existent loan waiver to 15 industrialists – the next big lie – EVM hacking.”
He followed it up with another tweet asking, “Was the Election Commission & millions of staffers involved in manufacturing, programming of EVMs & conduct of elections during the UPA Government in collusion with the BJP – absolutely rubbish.”
“Does the Congress feel that the people are so gullible that they will swallow any garbage? Insanity in the Congress party is increasingly becoming contagious,” said the Minister who is in the US for a medical check-up.
Jaitley’s remarks come in the wake of a cyber expert claiming that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were rigged through EVMs. At an event in London on Monday, the hacker was supposed to reveal how EVMs could be hacked.
While the man, connecting with the event via video conferencing, couldn’t corroborate his claims, the Election Commission asserted that it stood by the “empirical facts about foolproof nature” of its machines and said it is examining as to what legal action “can and should” be taken in the matter.
Addressing a press conference in London, the man, who identified himself as Syed Suja, said he had fled India because he felt threatened in the country after the killing of some of his team members.
Commenting on the issue, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “What we have seen is a hacking horror show organised by the Congress ahead of its defeat in Lok Sabha polls. It is looking for an excuse for its impending loss.”