Opposition parties held a meeting in the national capital on Sunday to discuss the issue of alleged electronic voting machine (EVM) malfunctioning and said they will approach the Supreme Court again to demand that at least 50 per cent of paper trails be verified with EVMs in every Assembly segment.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora to raise the issue of EVM malfunctioning on Saturday, said 21 political parties have demanded verification of VVPAT slips of 50 per cent EVMs.
Speaking to India Today, Naidu said, “BJP is tampering with the chip of EVMs. EVMs are being programmed in such a way that they favour a certain party, even in case of malfunctioning. ECI has failed the voters of this country. Now, we are left with no option but to knock the doors of the Supreme Court.”
Challenging the Election Commission, Congress senior leader Kapil Sibal told India Today, “We are hopeful that the SC will listen to us and it is our duty to make the country aware of how they are being duped by a particular party. ECI should give us an EVM for 12-24 hours and we will show them how their machines are faulty and can be easily tampered with.”
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “The Opposition parties will carry out a nationwide campaign on the issue of discrepancies in EVMs. We are going to take this fight ahead, both legally and on the streets, and do whatever it takes to save the democratic process of this country.”
On April 8, the Supreme Court had directed the poll panel to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths per Assembly segment, from one at present, in the Lok Sabha polls, saying it will provide greater satisfaction not just to the political parties but the entire electorate.