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Congress demands ban on EVMs

SNS | New Delhi |

Expressing deep concern over Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) tampering in the recently concluded assembly elections, the Congress on Wednesday demanded a ban on the machines.

The Congress raised the issue in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, two days after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal questioned the BJP’s election win in Uttar Pradesh, asking the Election Commission (EC) to release the devices for investigation into tampering allegations.

During the debate hour in Rajya Sabha, leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "There is doubt on fair elections. For the first time, EVMs are in the shadow of doubt."

"We are asked why the suspicion just in UP. It is because it was done smartly. If they had done so in all 5 states, there would have been doubts. I request EVMs not to be used in Gujarat and Himachal," he added.

Other political parties, including SP, BSP, had alleged manipulations in the EVMs in the recently concluded assembly elections.

Earlier the Election Commission has dismissed the allegations and said its systems were tamper-proof.