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AAP's expose in Delhi Assembly: MLA shows how EVMs could be hacked

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published May 9, 2017, 2:27 pm IST
Updated May 9, 2017, 6:09 pm IST
Alleging that there is a secret code that can make any party win, the party claimed that the code varies with each constituency.
Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal. (Photo: PTI)
 Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party conducted a live demonstration of how Electronic Voting Machines could be hacked to favour a chosen party, in the Delhi Assembly's special session on Tuesday. 

Alleging that there is a secret code that can make any party win, AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj claimed that the said code is entered around 10 am to ensure the favoured candidate wins. He also said that the code varies with each constituency.

 

Conducting the demonstration, Bharadwaj clarified that the machine being used is a dummy. The AAP MLA first explained the machinery and then first gave two votes to each party to establish the functionality of the machine.

After the mock test, Bharadwaj entered a 'code' (Bharatiya Janata Party's in the drill) to show that the votes shown in the final tally were more the ones polled originally.

He also claimed that it only takes 90 seconds to rig the EVM by changing the motherboard.

Interspersing the demo with a speech, Bharadwaj said, " People sacrificed a lot for freedom of our nation. To let the people of India, not the British, not rich men, to rule India. If elections continue to be done through these EVMs there will be no measure of democracy left. Only one party will rule."

He also challenged any scientist to explain it saying, "I am a computer science graduate, have worked with several companies in past 10 years. I ask any scientist to explain this to me. Welcome both Harvard and hardwork".

Earlier, the special session had begun in chaos after BJP MLAs Vijender Gupta and Manjinder Singh Sirsa created a ruckus.

After a back and forth between Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, Gupta was evicted from the Assembly for the day.

Beginning the special session, AAP MLA Alka Lamba had launched into a tirade against Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) targeting the Modi government and the Election Commission.

She further claimed that in Tughlakabad, 4 EVMs were tampered and their seals broken overnight. She alleged that CCTV footage of the EVMs was not available after 12:30 am.

“When generation three EVMs remain locked up, why generation one EVMs are being used? The Election Commission will have to reply now," Lamba said.

Lamba claimed that old EVMs were used for the MCD polls, in which the BJP won in a landslide. As a case in point, she said that in Chhattarpur in South Delhi, where AAP candidate Pinky Tyagi lost to her BJP rival Anita Tanwar by 2 votes, the EVMs used had counted several thousand additional votes.

After suspended MLA Kapil Mishra's allegations plunged the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) into further turmoil, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal attacked the former saying that he would disclose a big conspiracy during the Delhi Assembly special session on Tuesday.

"A very big conspiracy will be disclosed before Saurabh Bhardwaj in the Delhi Assembly today. Please do listen to it. Truth will win," he tweeted.

Amid turmoil in his party, Arvind Kejriwal had tweeted last night, "Truth will triumph. Its beginning will be made during the special session of the Delhi Assembly tomorrow.”

His tweet came as Mishra, who was sacked by Kejriwal from his Cabinet last Saturday, intensified his attack on the AAP supremo, alleging that a Rs 50 crore deal had been arranged for the Chief Minister's brother-in-law.

Mishra, who had yesterday accused Kejriwal of taking Rs 2 crore cash from his cabinet colleague Satyendra Jain, also submitted documents to the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) against the Chief Minister in connection with the alleged water tanker scam.

After lodging a complaint with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Mishra said to the media, “I will sit on hunger strike if details of foreign trips by five AAP leaders are not released”.

Early Tuesday morning, BJPs youth workers had protested against Kejriwal and police had to resort to water cannons to subdue them.

Backing his party leader, Ankit Lal, who heads AAP's IT cell, tweeted, "No. @ArvindKejriwal is not resigning. But it's something bigger than this...Watch out...today, 2pm, Delhi assembly.

Meanwhile, Mishra also dared Kejriwal to fight elections against him from any seat of his choice. "I am going to take up the biggest fight of my life against Kejriwal from whom I have learnt all these things. Before that, I seek your blessings for victory," Mishra wrote, in an open letter on Facebook.

Ratcheting up his attack on Kejriwal and the party leadership, Mishra had yesterday submitted documents related to the water tanker scam to the ACB, alleging that Kejriwal delaying probe against former chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

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