Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and state Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj on Tuesday accused Congress party of defaming Indian democracy and said the allegations of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) hacking are part of well-planned conspiracy.

Bhardwaj said Congress party had filed several complaints with Election Commission of India (ECI) on the issue, but these were rejected by the poll body.

Besides, the ECI had thrown an open challenge to prove the allegations of EVM hacking but at that time, Congress, along with other political parties, didn’t even participate in the event.

“It is a habit with Congress leaders to allege tampering with EVMs but when they are asked to prove these claims, they simply back out,” he said.

Bhardwaj said as long as their party wins the elections, there is no fault with the EVMs as was the case with assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and other states. But Congress adopts double standards when the party loses polls, resulting allegations and complaints on EVM tampering.

“Congress party is deeply mired in corruption in the country and the people of country still remember the scams it had committed during its rule. And it is the reason that they are voted out of power by the general public twice in the Lok Sabha polls in the country,” he added.

Further, Congress party organisation in Himachal was divided house and it was the reason that their leaders had issued statements each other during the Lok Sabha elections.

“In fact, the Supreme Court had directed for counting VVPATs of from one EVM in each assembly constituency to five and there were no reports of any tampering anywhere in the country. This proves that there was no fault in the EVM machines and it is time now for Congress leaders to accept their recent defeat in 2019 Lok Sabha polls,” he added.