New Delhi: The Election commission today announced that EVM machines used in the recently concluded elections will undergo Narco Analysis to rule out the possibility of them being tampered with.
Parties that did not do well in the elections have raised concerns that the machines were manipulated to favor specific candidates.
BSP Chief Mayawati was vocal while raising doubts over BJP getting maximum votes in UP and even went ahead asking for an investigation into the matter.
The report that an independent candidate from Mumbai who go zero votes even after casting a vote in his favor has got the EC thinking. “We have always stood for free and fair elections and this time around too we’d like it to be it that way. So we have decided to send EVMs for narco test. Machines would be sent to labs in Hyderabad,” said a senior official from the commission.
When questioned if re-elections would take place if the machines were tampered with, the official refused to comment.
Our reporter also visited the lab where a few EVMs were already being tested. One such machine fitted with electrodes was found lying on the bed with an attendant asking, “EVM listen to me. Did anyone tamper with you?”
Sources say that the process will be completed in a week and a decision regarding re-elections if any will be announced soon.
Congress VP Rahul Gandhi welcomed the move and raised doubts that some EVMs come fitted with Chinese parts and it is important to have them checked. “Accha hai ki EVM ki surgery ho rahi hai. Kya ye machine China se bankar aati hai? Waha ke log bhi khush hote honge jab unhe pata chalta hoga ki hum Made in China ke EVM istamal karte hain. Lekin mujhe vishwas hai ki jald hi sach ka pata chal jayega,” he said while addressing party workers.