New Delhi [India] Mar. 15 (ANI): Mocking Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for putting the onus on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for the dismal show of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the recent Punjab Assembly polls, Union Food and Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Wednesday said that the former has lost his mental balance.
“Kejriwal is mentally unstable and we all can see that. When he got 67 seats in Delhi then everything was fine, now when Punjab has rejected him he is not able to digest his defeat and is creating a ruckus,” Kaur told ANI.
She further said that the Delhi Chief Minister should focus on the affairs related to the national capital rather than making lame statements about the EVMs and ballots.
“He has always lied. Why the public will support him? He should introspect,” Kaur added.
The Union Minister also attempted to downplay the defeat of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab.
“Though we have lost the elections, we have a 31 percent vote share at the end of it. It means the people of Punjab still have faith in us,” she said.
Kejriwal today alleged that the EVMs were tampered during the recently conducted assembly polls in the five states which ultimately resulted in his party’s dismal show especially in Punjab.
Addressing a press conference here, Kejriwal suggested that the Election Commission needs to relook at the use of EVMs in the electoral process until faith is restored in it.
“Many said that there is anger against the Akalis and AAP is sweeping polls, still AAP got 25 percent votes and SAD got 31 percent votes. How is it possible? Even in Malwa, we got thrashed and Congress won there. How is it possible?” Kejriwal asked.
Kejriwal further said is it possible through the EVMs that 20-25 percent vote share meant for the AAP was transferred to the SAD-BJP alliance.
The AAP national convener insisted it is the Election Commission’s responsibility to keep people’s faith in EVMs.
He further asked the Election Commission to count slips of Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail or VVPAT and match it with the figures of EVM results.
Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati had earlier also put the onus on the EVMs for her loss in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, saying the machine accepted votes only in favour of the BJP. (ANI)