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EVM demo 'deception' by AAP to deflect graft charges: BJP

BJP leaders said that the machine used by AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj during the demonstration was not an EVM but a "duplicate" prototype.

PTI, New Delhi [Published on:09 May 2017, 10:37 PM IST]
Manoj Tiwari leads the BJP delegation after lodging a- India Tv
Manoj Tiwari leads the BJP delegation after lodging a complaint with ECI

The BJP today lashed out at the AAP over its "live demonstration" of alleged EVM manipulation in the Delhi Assembly special session, terming it as "deception" aimed at diverting attention from corruption allegations against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. 

BJP leaders said that the machine used by AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj during the demonstration was not an EVM but a "duplicate" prototype. 

"The machine used by the AAP to demonstrate that an EVM can be hacked was not really an EVM used by the Election Commission. The party is trying to create deception," said New Delhi BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. 

Highlighting "impartial" nature of the EC, she said that the representatives of all political parties get to check an EVM's functioning before polls are held and so allegations of manipulation were unfounded. 

Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari who lodged a complaint with the EC over alleged "wrong information" given by the AAP with regard to donations received by it, said that the party is trying to "divert" attention from current issues faced by it. 

"They are trying to divert attention from the funds issue. But they cannot do so, as they have lied to the Election Commission. Now, they should reply to the questions over funds received by them and other corruption charges on them". 

BJP national general secretary Tarun Chugh claimed that a "duplicate" machine was shown in the Delhi Assembly, charging AAP chief Kejriwal with trying to defame the country's electoral system in the world. 

"It is an ugly attempt by Kejriwal to divert attention from the serious allegations of corruption on him and his cabinet minister Satyendar Jain. It will defame our electoral system in the world," Chugh said. 

He also demanded an enquiry to find out from where AAP obtained the machine and who manufactured it. 

AAP MLA Bhardwaj in a "live demonstration" at the Delhi Assembly, alleged that anyone knowing a "secret code" can tamper with the EVMs and the code can be fed into a machine while casting a vote. 

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