MCD election 2017: AAP says ‘not Modi wave, but EVM wave’ responsible for BJP victory
As trends of the municipal corporation elections started trickling in, the Aam Aadmi Party once again squarely blamed the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for the party’s poor show.delhi Updated: Apr 26, 2017 11:37 IST
As trends of the municipal corporation elections started trickling in, the Aam Aadmi Party once again squarely blamed the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for the party’s poor show.
Party leader Gopal Rai said this win wasn’t a result of a ‘Modi wave’, but an ‘EVM wave’. Rai was speaking to media outside the chief minister’s residence after a meeting with Arvind Kejriwal and deputy CM Manish Sisodia.
Sweeping Delhi MCD polls without sweeping Delhi's streets for a decade. When machines are with you human will is of no relevance.— Nagendar Sharma (@sharmanagendar) April 26, 2017
Earlier, Delhi government’s media adviser Nagendra Sharma took to micro-blogging site Twitter to voice his concerns. “Sweeping Delhi MCD polls sweeping Delhi’s streets for a decade. When machines are with you human will is of no relevance.”
Senior party leader Ashutosh also blamed the machines for AAP’s performance. “The debacle clearly shows EVM fraud,” he said. “EVMs were manipulated. Democracy is in danger,” Ashutosh said.
The party had earlier also said that it will win the MCD elections if the EVMs work ‘fairly’. Kejriwal on Tuesday, however, threatened a “movement” if EVMs led to party’s loss in the polls.
On Sunday, when Delhi went to poll for the corporations, Kejriwal had tweeted:
Reports from all over Delhi of EVM malfunction, people wid voter slips not allowed to vote. What is SEC doing?— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 23, 2017
The Delhi CM retweeted comments of party volunteers, some of whom blamed the low turnout on “doubts” over the machines and cited the example of the presidential election in France on Sunday in which paper ballots were used.
Kejriwal had earlier demanded that the election be postponed till arrangements for VVPAT-equipped EVMs were made. VVPAT (voter-verifiable paper audit trail) machines dispense a slip with the symbol of the party a person has voted for. The slip drops in a box and the voter cannot take it home. Voters can see their slips for seven seconds.
In an interview with HT days ahead of the polls, Kejriwal had said he would continue his fight against EVMs even if his party won the municipal polls.
First Published: Apr 26, 2017 10:16 IST