Meet Saurabh Bhardwaj, The AAP MLA who 'Proved' EVMs Could be Rigged
As Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) tried to save its face in the wake of accusations by the sacked Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra, it took to the Delhi Assembly floor to hit back at its opponents and revived the debate around electronic voting machines (EVMs).
AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj demonstrated in the Delhi Assembly that EVMs can be "tampered with". (Courtesy: CNN-News18)
New Delhi: As Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) tried to save its face in the wake of accusations by the sacked Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra, it took to the Delhi Assembly floor to hit back at its opponents and revived the debate around electronic voting machines (EVMs). The party, led by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, tried to prove that EVMs can be tampered with through a live demonstration.
And Greater Kailash MLA and former minister Saurabh Bhardwaj, known among colleagues from his suave appearance and oratory, was chosen for the occasion.
The 38-year-old computer engineer-turned-politician, who worked with some of the top multinationals for around a decade before joining AAP, had won Greater Kailash, one of the most affluent constituencies in Delhi, in 2014 Assembly polls by more than 13,000 votes.
As a reward, Bhardwaj was made a Cabinet minister by Kejriwal in his first tenure, which lasted only 49 days.
According to sources within AAP, Kejriwal’s decision to rope in Bhardwaj at a time when the party is going through its lowest phase, shows how much respect he commands in the party. One of the sources went to the extent of hinting that after Kapil Sharma’s sacking, there is a vacancy in the Delhi Cabinet.
“He has a separate following, which goes beyond him being with AAP,” Marlena added. Some of the former AAP leaders who usually criticize the way the party is being run also had praise for Bhardwaj.
Marlena, however, junked all rumors of Bhardwaj being in a contest for Cabinet post. “There seems to be no need for a Cabinet reshuffle at the moment,” she said.
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