Opposing EVM is total disrespect to people’s mandate: Amit Shah

Opposing EVM is total disrespect to people’s mandate: Amit Shah

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New Delhi, May 22: Even as Congress has called the poll panel decision to reject the demand for VVPAT checking as 'Black Day' for democracy, BJP president Amit Shah said on Wednesday that the opposition parties are posing a question mark on the democratic process and maintained that opposing EVM is total disrespect to people's mandate.

'Opposing EVM is total disrespect to people's mandate. Rattled by their defeat, these 22 parties, by raising a question mark on the democratic process in the country and tarnishing the image of the nation,' said Mr Shah in a series of tweets. He said he wanted to ask some questions to the opposition parties.

Question one: Most of these parties, who have raised question on trustworthiness of EVMs, have at one point or other won elections through these EVMs, he said. BJP chief further said the top court, after taking cognizance of three PILs, has decided that in every assembly, five VVPAT machines will be counted.

So, parties raising questions on EVMs, also distrust the Supreme Court, Mr Shah asked. Mr Shah said the opposition have started ruckus after six phases of the seven-phased polls, and after the exit polls, the furore has only intensified.The exit polls came to a conclusion after talking to voters and not on the basis of EVMs.
'So , how can you raise questions on the trustworthiness of EVMs,' the BJP president asked. He said just before counting of votes, 22 opposition parties have asked for a change in the election and counting process, which is totally unconstitutional because such decisions are possible only through consensus.
'We should strengthen our democratic institutions without being affected by such attempts by Opposition parties to spread the delusion,' he said.
Some opposition parties have given objectionable comments like 'khoon ki nadiyan bahane (there will be blood shed) and 'hathiyaar uthane (will use arms) if there are no favourable results," Mr Shah said.
'The opposition should give answers that whom are they challenging by issuing such violent and undemocratic comments,' he said.
A voter can see which party he has voted after VVPAT process, he said and asked how much transparency was required.
'The Election Commission had also thrown open EVM hackathon challenge to prove that the machines are incorruptible. But no political party showed interest,' he pointed out. If these parties do not trust EVMs, then why did they take over the regime after winning elections, he asked.
Ahead of the counting of the Lok Sabha polls on Thursday, 22 opposition parties on Tuesday approached the Election Commission to demand that the counting of VVPAT slips along with the EVMs should be made first, and not after the completion of the last round of counting of the votes.
This was foremost among the demands made by the opposition parties, which they said would help inspire confidence of the electorate in the election process.The Election Commission on Wednesday rejected demand of Opposition parties to match the Voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) slips with EVMs at the time of counting of votes and has decided to go with with the counting in the earlier way. (UNI)