Telugu Desam Party supremo and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is leading the Opposition parties in the country in his battle against the use of EVMs in the election. Chandrababu Naidu, who is known for his love towards the technology and their use in the administration and who claims himself as the father of technology in the country, is now opposing the use of technology in the elections. Though EVMs have been there for quite some time, Chandrababu Naidu is comfortable with them as the results were in his favour. Now, since there is a strong belief among the voters and the pollsters, the TDP chief is worried about his imminent defeat and is trying to find a reason for the same.
He had made a representation to the Election Commission against the use of the EVMs. He told the EC that 30 per cent of the EVMs did not work in Andhra Pradesh leading to delay in the polling. He gave a power point presentation on the delay of the polling in the State on April 11. According to him, polling concluded at 9.15 pm on April 11 in 726 polling booths. The polling concluded at 12 am the next day in 23 polling booths and the last vote was cast at 4.30 am on April 12 in 3 polling booths in the State. This was because of the malfunctioning of the EVMs.
Chandrababu Naidu also expressed his doubts over the very tamper-free quality of the EVMs this time and at one point of time, he said he was not sure whether his vote was cast for his party or not. “There is no guarantee that my vote was cast to my party or not. Who knows? There are allegations that a vote cast for the TDP had gone to the Bharatiya Janata Party in some places and the YSR Congress in some places. Everything is confusing. The electronic devices can be tampered with. Anyone who programmes these devices can change the programme too,” Chandrababu Naidu said.
Now, camping in the national capital, the TDP chief is rallying the parties against the EC insisting on counting of at least 50 per cent of the VVPATs in every EVM. The EC had already expressed its inability to count the VVPATs, but Naidu is insisting on that. He has the support of a few national parties, including the Congress and it is to be seen what would happen to his demand.