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AAP and the unending EVM tampering theory

AAP and the unending EVM tampering theory

The much awaited special session of the Delhi assembly turned out to be an anti-climax. It was largely expected that Arvind Kejriwal would respond to the corruption allegations made by Kapil Mishra against him and his relative. Instead it all turned out to be a well scripted well enacted EVM hacking demonstration. Saurabh Bharadwaj, Aam Aadmi Party MLA, who also happens to be a computer engineer demonstrated how EVMs can be hacked. Saurabh Bharadwaj claimed that the tampering can be done by replacing the mother board. He does not seem to understand the practicality of such a tampering. There are no chipset fabrication units in India. And a large scale tampering would require ordering mother boards in bulk running into thousands. And going by the theory, it would require all presiding officers and booth in-charges to be hand in glove with those intending to rig elections. Does Saurabh Bharadwaj and the AAP really think that people of this country are going to be fooled by this half-baked obfuscated theory?

What Mr Bharadwaj did not keep in mind is that they need to hack a real EVM to prove their point. Mere rhetoric, allegations and theatrics won’t work anymore. The manner, in which the demonstration was carried out, would have reminded many viewers of their kindergarten days. All the hype around created around the special session burst like a bubble, the moment Saurabh Bhardwaj mentioned that this was a machine similar to EVMs. So in short, they put together a rudimentary EVM, program it and then hack it themselves. This cannot be even called hilarious or ridiculous as the Delhi government has wasted tax payer’s money by calling a special session of the assembly just for reiterating it’s rejected baseless self-satisfying excuse for losing elections.

The fact that Election Commission of India has already invited all the political parties for an EVM hackathon on 12th May and the AAP still going ahead with this farce today, raises many questions. Was this a mere diversionary tactic? Is the AAP trying to shift goal posts and trying to hush the corruption allegations against Kejriwal?

This stunt might prove to be a political hara-kiri for AAP and Arvind Kejriwal. Not only Arvind Kejriwal has chosen to remain quite on the corruption charges, he let the EVM hacking spectacle continue wiping out whatever credibility he might have left. Forget the rivals, even AAP supporters would find it very difficult to agree with the EVM hacking method explained by Saurabh Bharadwaj. What could have been an excellent forum for Arvind Kejriwal to respond and come out clean has unfortunately been reduced to another gimmick.

Posted On : 09-May-2017

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