EVM’s sanctity never questioned by BJD: MP

New Delhi: As the Election Commission’s all party meeting to clear the air on alleged Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) tampering began today in New Delhi, BJD MP from Puri Parliamentary Constituency, Pinaki Mishra said that his party has never questioned the sanctity of the EVMs. Speaking to Odisha Television Ltd on the sidelines of the meeting, Pinaki said that BJD never joined the Congress or other opposition parties when they approached the President of India on the issue of EVM tampering.

Clarifying BJD’s stance on the matter, Pinaki said that if questions are being raised then it is the duty of the Election Commission to answer those questions.

Pinaki also refuted accusations against BJD of EVM tampering saying we have been winning for the past 19 years and such allegations are akin to a joke.

Representatives of seven national parties and 48 state parties were invited by the poll panel for the meeting at the Constitution Club, to reassure the parties that Electronic Voting Machines cannot be tampered with and were secured.

A host of opposition parties — chiefly the Arvind Kejirwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) — have alleged that EVMs were tampered with in the February-March five state assembly elections and the just concluded Delhi civic polls.

Opposition parties including the Congress and the Trinamool Congress had earlier petitioned the poll panel as well as President Pranab Mukherjee about the vulnerability of the EVMs.

AAP legislator Saurabh Bharadwaj, during a special session of the Delhi Assembly, had sought to demonstrate the procedure for tampering with an EVM.

The poll panel dismissed his assertion outright saying the machine used by Bharadwaj was a “lookalike” of an ECEVM and therefore could be used to demonstrate “any magic” or tampering.

(With IANS inputs)