BJP leaders Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore dismissed the accusation of EVM tampering by the Opposition. The leaders were on their way for the BJP's dinner with their allies which has been hosted by PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah at the Ashoka Hotel in New Delhi.
Earlier on Tuesday, representatives of 21 Opposition parties met with the Election Commission officials alleging EVM tampering. The meeting happened following videos of EVMs being taken out of strong rooms without the presence of security personnel went viral on social media.
"We raised these same issues in last 1.5 months. We asked EC why have they not responded. Strangely, EC heard us for almost an hour and they assured us they'll meet again tomorrow morning to consider primarily these 2 issues," Abhishek Manu Singhvi said after meeting with the poll body.
"They are all lies, they will need an excuse to justify their defeat in the polls, hence they are making an issue about the EVMs. If these things don't work there is Sam Pitroda, Man Shankar Aiyar. The ground has slipped beneath their feet. They are not able to digest their defeat," Chouhan said.
"It was decided that there will be 5 randomly selected polling centre whose VVPATs will be checked. Out of the 21 parties which went to the EC, 17 parties won polls through the very same EVMs. You can make accusations, but exit polls are not based on EVMS. This is their way of denigrating the country and its people," Union Minister Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said.
Videos of alleged movement and tampering of EVMs went viral on social media early on Tuesday, a charge dismissed by the Election Commission as "frivolous" and "unfounded".
Amidst the questions being raised over the security of EVMs, Press Information Bureau also released a statement saying that the "Polled EVMs are absolutely safe in Strongrooms".
Clarifying that reports of replacement of EVMs from the strongrooms are "absolutely false" and "factually incorrect", PIB stated that after the close of polls, "all polled EVMs and VVPATs were brought under security cover to the designated strongrooms, which are sealed with double locks, in the presence of the candidates and in the presence of Observers of the Election Commission".
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