New Delhi, April 21: Delhi High Court has dismissed Arvind Kejriwal’s plea to use second-generation EVMs with the paper trail in coming election. As the election is only two days away, such a change could hamper the election process.
Aam Admy Party filed a petition to State Election Commission demanding the use of VVPAT-enabled generation 2 EVM machines for a fair election. From the very beginning, EC dismissed the EVM tampering issue. EC always upheld that the machines are completely non-hack able.
Regarding this issue, Delhi Government and EC had an open argument. EC challenged Kejriwal to hack the machine if possible. Congress, Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) supported AAP on this issue.
Mohammad Tahir Hussain, AAP candidate for MCD election filed the petition. Justice A K Pathak dismissed the petition due to the difficulty of to replace 13,000 EVM machines in one day. “In my view, it would not be possible to give any such direction to use EVMs with VVPAT at the 11th hour,” he said. “Any such direction would amount to interfering with the election process,” he added.
In the first half of this month, Rajya Sabha had been adjourned today due to the protest of Opposition Parties regarding the alleged use of tampered Electronic Voting Machine (EVM). Angry exchanges between ruling and oppositions delayed the proceedings of Parliament badly.
BSP leader Mayawati called the ruling party “beiman” (cheat) that led to greater pandemonium in the house. Calling it “murder of democracy”, she demanded the use of ballot papers in future elections. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi replied claiming that she has insulted democracy.
Naqvi again said the aspersions cast are not against the government but against the Election Commission and the people of the country. “If victory has glamour, defeat should have grace,” he said.