Anna Hazare Bats For EVMs, Criticises Arvind Kejriwal For Ballot Paper Demand
Anti-graft activist and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's former mentor Anna Hazare on Wednesday voiced his support for the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in elections after the former alleged that EVMs were tampered with in Punjab.
File photo of Anna Hazare.
New Delhi: Anti-graft activist and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's former mentor Anna Hazare voiced support for the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in elections on Wednesday.
This comes after Kejriwal alleged that EVMs were tampered with in Punjab.
In an interview to TimesNow, Hazare criticised Kejriwal's demand of using ballot papers in elections and said that in a fast-paced world, use of ballot papers in elections is outdated.
“The world is progressing at a fast rate and here we are discussing of going back in time to ballot papers. EVMs must be used, also, totaliser machines should be used which would ensure no mistakes in counting votes,” he said.
“Manual counting of ballot papers take more time compared to counting of votes on EVMs. This is a sheer waste of time and money. On the contrary, EVMs give us accurate numbers within a short span of time,” he added.
Speaking about the importance of totaliser machines, the octogenarian leader said, "In the past, he had written to the Election Commission and the government to procure these machines to use them in counting booths for faster and accurate results."
Kejriwal on Wednesday had alleged that EVMs were tampered with in Punjab, resulting in 20-25 percent of AAP votes getting transferred to the SAD-BJP alliance and thus propping up the Congress to power.
The AAP leader told the media here that there were numerous booths where his party got only "two, three or four" votes when though the party had several activists and their families in the area.
He said there was widespread suspicion that "20 to 25 percent of votes polled in favour of the AAP had been transferred to the Akali Dal-BJP alliance" by tampering the Electronic Voting Machines.
The issue has been raked up BSP chief Mayawati in UP as well. Her claims that EVMs were tampered and it needed to be investigated found support from her rival and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav.
Mayawati alleged that the BJP victory in UP polls smacked of “dishonesty” and “fraud”.
However, the Election Commission on Saturday rejected Mayawati's claim that EVM were rigged in the Uttar Pradesh elections and said her demand for a repoll using ballot papers was legally untenable.
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