New Delhi, April 5: Rajya Sabha has been adjourned today due to the protest of Opposition Parties regarding the alleged use of tampered Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) to favour BJP in recent elections. Opposition Parties have been vocal about the issue since BJP’s grand victory in latest assembly elections. As soon as Congress leader Digvijaya Singh raises EVM issue in the house, BSP and SP joins the protest.
Responding to this, Human Resoure Development Minister Prakash Javedkar said the Election Commission has already clarified in this regard. He slams opposition by saying Parliament is not a place for agitation and wasting of time. But Congress Members and SP members gave four notices under rule 267 seeking suspension of business to take up the issue.
Angry exchanges between ruling and oppositions has 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.
Naqvi said the general elections in 2004 and 2009 and the assembly elections in Bihar, Punjab and Delhi where the BJP lost, were all conducted using EVMs and the Congress did not seem to have any objections then. Opposition’s strong protest forced the deputy chairman PJ Kurien to adjourn the house till 11.30.