Reacting to the ‘EVM tampering’ demonstration by MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj in the assembly on Tuesday, the Congress in Delhi criticised the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government for wasting public money to carry out its political agenda.
State Congress chief Ajay Maken said it was expected that a discussion will be held on corruption charges against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, PWD minister Satyender Jain, and the problems faced by the people of Delhi such as dengue, chikungunya, water, and power shortage including metro fare hike but they talked about EVMs.
“If they have doubts regarding EVMs those can be put before the Election Commission of India on Friday, instead of wasting precious time of the assembly, convened at an enormous cost to the exchequer. The commission has called the all-party meet on Friday to discuss issues related to EVM and Voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT),” the Congress leader said.
Accusing that the AAP is diverting attention from the ‘real’ issues by holding a demonstration on EVM tampering in the assembly, Maken said if we don’t trust independent body like election commission, nothing is left in the country.
“Kejriwal has been rattled by the bribe charge made against him by his sacked water minister Kapil Mishra, and the special session of the assembly seemed to have been convened to divert the attention of the people from the corruption charges against him,” he said.
He alleged that fast eroding popularity of Kejriwal and the AAP party became clearly evident when its candidate lost his security deposit in the Rajouri Garden Assembly by-election, where VVPAT plus paper trail were used.
Maken also denied that his party had changed its stand on EVMs. “We were saying if serious doubts have cropped up over the usage of machines then ballot papers should have been used for elections,” he said.
Earlier, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad during a debate had urged not to use EVMs in the civic polls of Delhi, assembly polls in Gujarat and other states. However, former law minister Veerappa Moily and Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh had stood up in defence of EVMs.
“If EVMs were fixed then I wouldn’t be sitting here. The Akalis would,” Singh had said contradicting the stand of the Congress.