Ajay Maken has asked Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to hold MCD election on ballot papers because many people have raised doubts about EVMs.
By Rakesh Raman
Close on the heels of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati’s complaint about the voting fraud in the recent Uttar Pradesh (U.P) election, Congress has raised similar doubts in Delhi.
The President of Delhi State Congress, Ajay Maken, said Monday that the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) election should be held on traditional ballot papers instead of electronic voting machines (EVMs).
Maken asked Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to hold MCD election on ballot papers because many people have raised doubts about EVMs.
Many are doubting EVMs-
Not prejudiced-nor casting aspersions on results;
I want @ArvindKejriwal to hold MCD elections through BallotPapers
— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) March 13, 2017
It is generally believed that EVMs are vulnerable and can be manipulated to influence the election results.
Last week, Mayawati – who is a former chief minister of U.P. – had blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headed by India’s Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi for the voting fraud. She says that BJP has rigged the election by tampering with the EVMs in U.P.
Although BJP has rejected Mayawati’s allegations, the BSP leader has filed a complaint against Modi’s party. In its complaint to the Chief Election Commissioner, Mayawati’s BSP has stated that BJP had hired software and technology experts to manipulate the voting machines and win the election.
She also added that similar rigging had happened in the 2014 Lok Sabha election also that Modi won to become the PM.
Although Congress which also lost the election in U.P. has accepted the results, it has said that the Election Commission must hold proper investigation to know if BJP has indulged in election rigging.
Randeep Singh Surjewala, the media in-charge of Congress, said that the Election Commission must clear the doubts raised by Mayawati. He added that an investigation is required to ensure the integrity of our democratic process.
In Delhi, however, Kejriwal has not yet responded to Maken’s request about ballot paper voting in MCD election, which is expected to take place in April.
Photo courtesy: Congress