Sunday, June 20, 2021
Home News Reports Congress leaders attack each other over party's stand against the EVMs

Congress leaders attack each other over party’s stand against the EVMs

Ever since the Assembly Elections in 5 states concluded, an effort has been made by political parties to blame the EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) for their poor performance in the polls.

On 11th March, as the election results were being declared, Mayawati was the first politician who had come out and blamed the EVMs for BJP’s victory. Slowly, other political parties too started raking up the EVM issue and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal took it to the next level after spreading an outright lie about the machines that were equipped with the VVPAT system.

The resultant controversy forced the Election Commission to take stock of the issue and explain in detail why EVMs can’t be hacked.

However, the parties pushing this paranoia and propaganda are not giving up. Congress too is a part of it as it was their leaders, and a section of media, who had created the controversy about EVMs in Bhind, Madhya Pradesh. Not just local leaders, even senior leaders have started pushing this propaganda. Congress even demanded an immediate ban on the EVMs in Rajya Sabha. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad had stated:

EVM should be stopped right now. In the upcoming civic polls of Delhi, assembly polls in Gujarat and other states EVMs should not be used.

Later, the Congress joined a group of 16 opposition parties that petitioned the Election Commission to express no confidence in the EVM and called for ballot papers to be brought back. Ghulam Nabi Azad told the reporters that they had lost confidence in the EVMs after the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand elections. He though didn’t mention anything about the Punjab elections.

This embarrassing stand of the Congress party, which flaunts about introducing computers and technology in India, has prompted Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily to come out and slam the party.

Moily in his statement backed the EVMs and stated that there was no question of going back to the manual methods (ballot papers). He slammed the party for joining the chorus against the EVMs and called it a defeatist mindset.

Moily also expressed his dismay against the way Congress had come under the influence of regional outfits who were only looking for excuses for their defeats.

He further stated that the EVMs were introduced when he was the union Law Minister and claimed that they had tested the EVMs during that period. He also claimed that many leaders weren’t consulted about the Congress’ decision to petition the EC.

Not just Moily, senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit too has indirectly criticized the stand of the Congress. In an interview published on 9th April, Sheila Dikshit was asked about her view about Kejriwal’s allegations against the EVM. She said that EVM tampering was a perception which was created by losers.

She stated that the shift to the EVMs was made because it was a modern system, and that accusing the Election Commission straightaway only because the party had lost was not right.

Joining this league of senior leaders not happy with EVM hacking theory is Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, who too trashed such conspiracy theories. “If EVMs were tampered with, Akalis, not me, would be sitting here,” he was reported as saying.

But looks like Congress is in no mood to sound logical. Moily was summoned by the party top brass for his comments, while party spokesperson Manish Tewari attacked Captain with heavy words, accusing him of making a u-turn:

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

Hemant Bijapurkar
Contributor at, Wish to write a great trilogy someday!

Related Articles

Trending now

AAP leader Ratnesh Mishra exposes Sanjay Singh’s lies on ‘Ram Mandir scam’, calls him anti-Lord Ram. Details

AAP leader Ratnesh Mishra also alleged that he was sent from Delhi to Ayodhya to fan tensions between Hindu saints and BJP leaders and the temple Trust.

‘Made in Germany’ Imams to come up as country launches first Islamic training college, Turkish Muslim group upset

Opposing the move, Milli Görüş a Turkish-Muslim group believes that the training of imams should be "free from external influences, especially political ones.”

Google removes ‘Ghazwa e Hind’ app from play store after uproar

Ghazwa-e-Hind that literally translates to 'holy raid of India', is a common term used by Islamic invaders and terrorists. The term finds its origin in Islamic literature named Hadiths.

Those with more than two kids wont get govt benefits, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma announces adoption of two-child policy

Himanta Biswa Sarma pointed out that families of the tea gardeners, Scheduled Castes, and Scheduled Tribes will be exempted from the policy.

Kerala family threatened for criticising Lakshadweep actor Aisha Sultana on her ‘COVID bioweapon’ remark

The couple revealed that all the calls were made from untraceable telephone exchanges, including one from Bangladesh. Their differently-abled son was also attacked on social media.

Exclusive: Ex-lecturer narrates her 13-year battle against her sexual predators protected by Chennai’s Loyola College administration

It's been 13 years since Josephine has been fighting against the mighty administration of Loyola College, Chennai, but to no avail

Recently Popular

Republic TV issues statement over Arnab Goswami’s disappearance from the news network: Here is what they said

Arnab Goswami was last seen on May 2 during a discussion on West Bengal assembly polls. He will make a return on Monday.

OBC benefits for Muslims: How WB Police’s recruitment drive has exposed how parties found a way to make religious reservations

The drive was meant to fill vacancies in the OBC-A category in the state. The list showed that apart from one or two individuals, all of them were Muslims.

Who is Vishal Jood? An Indian national arrested for taking on Khalistani extremists in Australia

Vishal Jood, the 24 yar old from Haryana, has been languishing in a jail in the down in the country for two months now.

TISS research paper calls Kashmir ‘India occupied’, blames Indian Army for domestic violence in Kashmiri society

A dissertation paper by a student at TISS-Hyderabad has come under the scanner for calling Kashmir "India occupied Kashmir".

TV9 Bharatvarsh documentary shows ISIS bride Shamima Begum holding a document with Congress party’s logo: This is how it happened

Instead of using original footage, TV9 Bharatvarsh used a digitally altered the image of Shamima Begum from a satire site

Exclusive details: Here are some of the points that the Parliamentary Standing Committee, headed by Shashi Tharoor, raised with Twitter

Indian officials of the microblogging site Twitter were questioned by the Parliamentary Panel on Information Technology on various issues.
- Advertisement -


Connect with us