Telugu Desam Party supremo and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu on Friday blamed the Election Commission and the Electronic Voting Machines alleging that they have failed to perform. Addressing a media conference, Chandrababu Naidu demanded that India returned to the ballot papers and drop the EVMs. He alleged that the EVMs have failed this time too and the doubts over their creditability is washed out. “The device (EVM) can be tampered and it can be programmed in such a way that the result could be manipulated. The devices are controlled by the programmer. Hence there is no guarantee that they are tamper-free,” Chandrababu Naidu said. He further expressed doubts whether his own vote had gone to his own party or not. “Where is the guarantee that my vote is gone to my party? The VVPAT too can be managed,” Chandrababu Naidu said.
The TDP supremo, who claims himself father of Indian technology, is now suspecting the credibility of the technology and wants the nation to go back to the paper ballot. He said “If I cast my vote on the paper ballot, I can see it physically for myself where I stamped my vote. But, this is not possible in the machine (EVM). The EVMs also can’t stand guarantee for reverification like the paper ballot.”
Chandrababu Naidu, after expressing his anger at the EVMs, also accused the EC of total failure. He said that the EC did not conduct the elections in a free and fair manner. He found fault with the EC for transferring the Chief Secretary and some IPS officers including Intelligence DG A B Venkateswara Rao. He said that the EC had no role to interfere with the affairs of the government. “The EC is there only to conduct elections. It has no right to shift the officers from place to place as that disturbs the administrative affairs,” Chandrababu Naidu said.
The TDP chief is now heading to the national capital to hold protests at the EC office and renew his demand for withdrawal of the EVMs and return to the paper ballot. He is also planning to campaign against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the northern States where the elections are due in the next three phases.