Lose Election, Demand Ban On EVMs

It has become a general practice for the political class to demand for ban on electronic voting machines soon after losing the election

New Delhi: It has become a general practice for the political class to demand for ban on electronic voting machines soon after losing the election. They blame EVMs for their failure and do not accept that people have rejected them.

A heated debate has taken place in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday on the use of EVMs  with the Congress demanding a ban since “these machines are not tamper-proof”.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “Use of EVMs should be stopped right now. These EVMs should not be used in the April 23civic polls in Delhi, coming assembly polls in Gujarat and other states.” The Rajya Sabha was even adjourned briefly over the issue after it was raised by Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. Later, Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and other opposition leaders also joined Digvijaya Singh and raised doubts on the EVMs. “It’s a serious matter,” said Yadav. Mayawati said the government was not “trustworthy” and her party will take the matter to court.

In response, members of the treasury benches said they must approach the Election Commission on the matter.

“Don’t waste the time of the house,” Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

Soon after debacle in UP polls Mayawati has blamed on EVMs and has even knocked the doors of court for banning them. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too did the same after severe drubbing in Punjab polls.

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