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Kejriwal not even listening to his 'guru' Anna Hazare: BJP on EVM row

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Mocking Chief Minister Kejriwal for putting the onus on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for the dismal show of the (AAP) in the recent Assembly polls, the (BJP) on Thursday said that Kejriwal does not even listen to his guru Anna Hazare.

"Kejriwal is not a man of his word; he does not even listen to his guru Anna Hazare. Hazare's statement is true, that when great technological advancement is taking place, returning to ballot papers will be a retrograde step. So then why to waste time and money," leader R P Singh told ANI.

Singh further said that the Chief Minister should focus on the affairs related to the capital rather than making lame statements about the EVMs and ballots.

"He has always lied. Why the public will support him? He should introspect. If he is so worried about Uttar Pradesh and its results then why did they lose in Goa and Punjab, has he thought about that?," Singh added.

Kejriwal earlier 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

Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal suggested that the Election Commission needs to relook at the use of EVMs in the electoral process until faith is restored in it.

"Many said that there is anger against the Akalis and is sweeping polls, still got 25 percent votes and SAD got 31 percent votes. How is it possible? Even in Malwa, we got thrashed and Congress won there. How is it possible?" Kejriwal asked.

Kejriwal further said is it possible through the EVMs that 20-25 percent vote share meant for the was transferred to the SAD-alliance.

The AAP convener insisted it is the Election Commission's responsibility to keep people's faith in EVMs.

He further asked the Election Commission to count slips of Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail or VVPAT and match it with the figures of EVM results.

supremo Mayawati had earlier also 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

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First Published: Thu, March 16 2017. 07:36 IST