Akhilesh seeks probe into EVMs as machine in MP dispenses only BJP slips
Samajwadi Party president and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday demanded an inquiry after a paper audit trail machine attached to an electronic voting machine (EVM) in Madhya Pradesh dispensed slips only of the BJP.
“There should be an inquiry after the electronic voting machine in Madhya Pradesh were only dispensing BJP slips,” Akhilesh said in a tweet.
In another tweet, he said it was not just the matter of probing EVMs, but was about the faith of people in the election process.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati was the first one to question EVMs and demanded a probe after the UP assembly election results came out.
Akhilesh later agreed with her and has been consistently demanding a probe.
“There are many people who said that they voted for SP but their votes went to BJP and they are ready to say it on affidavit,” he said at a press conference earlier.
Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party chief has called two back-to-back meetings of the party. The first meeting on April 6 is for district presidents and state executive office bearers, while the second meeting, the very next day, will be of district presidents and state executive members of all the four youth wings of the party.
A row erupted on Saturday over a video of VVPAT demonstration by a poll official in Madhya Pradesh where the machine attached to an EVM allegedly dispensed slips of only the BJP. The opposition knocked at the doors of the Election Commission seeking scrapping of EVM use in upcoming polls.
The EC sought a report from the district poll authorities in Bhind, where a bypoll is due on April 9.
Madhya Pradesh chief electoral officer Saleena Singh, who was seen in the video, however denied reports that the voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machine dispensed only BJP slips. She said they have sent their report to the EC.
VVPAT is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip drops in a box but the voter cannot take it home. It has only been used on trial basis in some places.
The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which had raised doubts on the functioning of EVMs after the recent assembly elections, sought a through probe and return to the old ballot paper system in the upcoming polls, including in Gujarat.
(With agency inputs)