Will AAP Strategy Succeed?

Aam Aadmi Party wants to create an atmosphere across the country that BJP won by tampering EVMs in UP and Uttarakhand before the next Assembly elections to be held by the end of the year. But will its tactics succeed?

New Delhi: Defiance seems to be the word of the season. From Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to Justice Karnan, persons who are in responsible positions are defying institutions and governments to cover up their mistakes. The latest fiasco put up by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) before Election Commission headquarters on Thursday is one such example. The AAP leaders who took a procession against EVM tampering demanded that only verifiable paper record or Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT)-equipped EVMs must be used in the future elections, which EC has already decided to implement in 2019 elections.

The issue is, AAP has been literally imploding as leader after leader is levelling allegations against the party and its supremo. Sacked minister Kapil Mishra came out openly levelling corruption charges against Arvind Kejriwal. He told media that he saw Kejriwal taking cash worth ₹ 2 crores from another minister Satyendra Jain, who was facing serious allegations regarding money laundering. Mishra even went to ACB and CBI to hand them over proofs.

But Kejriwal chose to remain silent. He never answered if the allegation is true or false till today. Instead, he chose to prove that EVMs’ can be tampered by holding a special session of Assembly. As Election Commission announced a hackathon regarding EVMs’, the party could have proved it before everyone. But it did not want to wait till then. It wanted to create an atmosphere that BJP won by tampering the EVMs.

But AAP has forgotten that it too won the Assembly elections with a thumping majority when EVMs were used, and the charge applies to it too. However, the self-righteous leaders of AAP don’t want to even mention it. AAP which wants to blame anything and everything on the Centre is desperate to take this EVM controversy forward and make it a big issue before the assembly elections that are to be held this year-end.

However, the Election Commission said that the EVM was a prototype and asked AAP leader to come and join hackathon it’s going to conduct. AAP took a little time before responding but finally said yes to the challenge thrown at them.

If AAP fails in the hackathon, what would it do is the biggest question. The EVMs that Election Commission uses during elections are made exclusively for the Commission. Former chief election commissioner SY Quraishi brushed aside the allegations. He clarified that EVMs were withdrawn in four European countries for another reason. In fact, he wanted the Election Commission to be more aggressive in condemning the allegations being made by parties, particularly AAP.

That there is need to be transparent in every institution, no one denies it. But, when people who judge others by standing on high moral pedestal choose to behave worse than their rivals, the problem arises. The issue is not about EVMs’, it is about morality they preach to others and not bothered to follow.

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