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Union min Ananth Kumar says allegations of EVM tampering are ‘far from truth’

Recently, a row erupted after purported video of an EVM trial ahead of the Madya Pradesh by-polls showed the paper trail attached to it generating a receipt for the BJP when MP chief electoral officer pressed the button for the Samajwadi Party candidate.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2017 22:03 IST
PTI, New Delhi
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Parliamentary Affairs minister Ananth Kumar speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

Allegations on tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are “far from truth” and the Opposition is trying to discredit the victory of the BJP in the recent polls, Union minister Ananth Kumar said on Thursday.

Raising the issue of alleged tampering of EVMs during the Zero Hour, CPI-M leader P Karunakaran demanded an in-depth and independent inquiry into the matter.

Mentioning reports about an EVM being tampered with in Madhya Pradesh, he also suggested that there could be an alternative mechanism to the machines.

Responding to the allegations, the Parliamentary Affairs minister said “it is totally far from truth and misleading”.

Opposition parties have been raising the issue of alleged tampering of EVMs.

“If there is anything today, then EVM is the best,” Kumar said and took a swipe at the Opposition saying they wanted to discredit the election victories of BJP and raising the “bogey”.

First Published: Apr 06, 2017 18:43 IST

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