Bad Losers Or Whistleblowers?

BSP and AAP have accused BJP of rigging the EVMs. Do these accusations square up?
Bad Losers Or Whistleblowers?
Bad Losers Or Whistleblowers?

Mayawati, BSP

  • On March 11, the day of the results, the BSP told the Election Commission in a complaint that its whistleblowers had information about BJP-hired software experts manipulating EVMs.
  • That EVMs were set in such a way that a certain share of votes automatically got transferred to the BJP.
  • Manipulation is absolutely clear, said BSP’s Devashish Jarariya, since prima facie 30-40% Muslim votes appear to have gone to BJP.
  • The BSP hasn’t come up with evidence to back its charge, saying it was working on it

Arvind Kejriwal, AAP

  • All forecasts showed a tight race between AAP and Congress.
  • Anti-incumbency against Akali-BJP govt was clear, yet it got 30% vote. This doesn’t add up, he says.
  • In Sujanpur Akhwa booth, AAP got 3 votes when its 7 local volunteers had 17 family votes. In booth 103, AAP got 2 votes against 27 family votes of 5 volunteers.
  • Kejriwal wants EVM votes matched against paper records available for 32 Punjab seats


  • In Mumbai municipal polls last month, independent candidate Shrikant Shirsat claimed he got zero votes at his home booth in Saki Naka.

Election Commission’s response

  • In a written response, the EC has said it found “no merit” in the BSP’s arguments and its complaint was not “legally tenable”
  • The poll regulator says it is “fully satisfied” with the “tamper-proof functioning” of EVMs
  • No political party has been able to “demonstrate” before the Commission that EVMs could be tweaked
  • No complaint was made during the election process


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