Latching on to the claim by a US-based “cyber expert” that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were “rigged”, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday questioned the use of electronic voting machines when even the more advanced nations were not using them.
He said the Bharatiya Janata Party government was weakening democratic institutions. “It is using them to suppress dissent and the voice of the opposition,” he said.
“Why does a country like Japan, which is very advanced in science and technology, is not using the EVMs? The question should be raised among the nation’s 130 crore people,” the SP chief said here. His remarks come after a self proclaimed cyber expert, a US-based Indian, claimed at a London press conference that the last Lok Sabha elections were “rigged” through the EVMs. PTI
Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati, who is Yadav’s alliance partner in the state, had also issued a statement criticising the EVMs, a day after the London press conference.
She suggested that paper ballots should be used in the next election. Yadav was talking to reporters after garlanding a statue of Jnaneshwar Mishra to mark the Samajwadi Party leader’s death anniversary.