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'Frustrated' Opposition harping on EVM failure: BJP

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Mocking Chief Minister Kejriwal and (BSP) supremo for making the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) tampering row a big issue, (BJP) leader Sudesh Verma said entire matter was a product of sheer frustration with the coming into power.

"Those who are raising issues regarding the EVM row are doing it out of frustration because the has come to power. This issue was never raised when the came to power in 2004, also when (AAM) won in Delhi, but now they all have a problem. Firstly, they should learn and respect the mandate of people, which they are forgetting," Verma told ANI.

Verma further stated that an immediate action should be taken on all these parties and ministers who are putting allegations on the BJP

"The Commission of (EC) has clarified that EVM cannot be tampered, despite knowing the fact if they have any other evidence then they should approach them and not waste our time. But it should not look like the phenomena of sour grapes in the end," said Verma.

Yesterday, the Commission said that given effective technical and administrative safeguards, EVMs aren't tamperable and integrity of electoral process is preserved.

Earlier on March 11, put the onus on the EVMs for her loss in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, saying the machine accepted votes only in favour of the

Supporting the same, Chief Minister and (AAP) convener Kejriwal alleged that the EVMs were tampered during the recently conducted assembly polls in the five states which ultimately resulted in his party's dismal show especially in Punjab.

Kejriwal suggested that the Commission needs to relook at the use of EVMs in the electoral process until faith is restored in it.

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First Published: Fri, March 17 2017. 08:22 IST