EVMs Tampering Row: Mamata Calls for Probe, All-Party Meet
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that there should be proper investigation regarding allegations of tampering with EVMs.
Addressing a press conference in Kolkata, she said, "Japan manufactures EVMs but they don't use it for election purpose. Even America and Germany don't use EVMs during election. I would like to request Election Commission of India (EC) to call an all party meeting to discuss the issue."
On Thursday, EC said that there is no merit in claims that EVMs can be tampered with. "Such allegations are wild and baseless. Given effective technical and administrative safeguards, EVMs aren't tamperable and integrity of electoral process is preserved," EC said.
Recently, BSP chief Mayawati decided to move court against the alleged tampering of EVMs and observe a 'black day' every month against the "murder of democracy" by the BJP. She charged that the BJP victory in UP polls smacked of "dishonesty" and "fraud".
Even, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that EVM tampering led to AAP's poor showing in Punjab. "Around 20 to 25 per cent of its votes may have been "transferred" to the SAD-BJP coalition," he said.
"AAP's poor tally of 20 seats is "beyond understanding" and raises a "big question mark" on the reliability of electronic voting machines (EVMs) as political pundits across the spectrum had "predicted a landslide" for the party," Kejriwal said.