Delhi MCD Elec­tions: Tam­per­ing of EVM’S Or Re­al­ity?

Libertatem Magazine - - Contents - by Adit Ke­sar­wani

BJP in the cur­rent Delhi lo­cal elec­tions re­tained all three mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions for the third term con­sec­u­tively, giv­ing a strong de­feat to the cur­rent Chief Min­is­ter, Arvind Ke­jri­wal’s AAP and the Con­gress. The AAP some­how man­aged to se­cure the sec­ond place and the third place was owned by the Con­gress. For AAP, the MCD elec­tion was a means to have greater con­trol over the af­fairs of Delhi. The elec­tions carry wider na­tional ram­i­fi­ca­tions as an em­phatic vic­tory for the BJP will only add stars to its gloomy world and leave a di­vided op­po­si­tion again de­mor­al­ized in the run up to the gen­eral elec­tions in 2019. The BJP has taken up the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the city’s civic bod­ies for a decade.

Fol­low­ing are the se­ries of events which took place and were the high­lights for the MCD Elec­tions, 2017:

Ajay Maken ex­pressed his grief

Maken broke down and wept on cam­era when he was asked about the jour­ney of Con­gress lead­ers from the party, in­clud­ing Arvin­der Singh Lovely, to BJP. More­over for­mer CM Sheila Dik­shit had put the blame upon Maken for the ex­o­dus of Con­gress lead­ers ahead of the MCD elec­tions. When the me­dia asked Maken about the al­le­ga­tions against his lead­er­ship were true dur­ing a TV news pro­gramme, tears started flow­ing up from his eyes and he re­mained silent for cou­ple of min­utes, forc­ing the an­chor to go for an un­sched­uled break.

AAP ac­cuses BJP for try­ing to break party

A day af­ter the MCD elec­tion 2017, AAP leg­is­la­tor Alka Lamba cre­ated an­other con­tro­versy by claim­ing that BJP was try­ing to break her party by en­croach­ing their MLAS. “The BJP is mak­ing its lead­ers call up AAP MLAS and tell them that the party is com­ing to an end. You (AAP MLAS) will be given an MP ticket or an im­por­tant po­si­tion in the govern­ment. We can do this for you by telling (BJP pres­i­dent) Amit Shah… the BJP leader said Modi-ji will soon im­pose the Pres­i­dent’s Rule in Delhi just like it did in Arunachal Pradesh and Ut­tarak­hand,” Lamba said in a se­ries of tweets.

Arvind Ke­jri­wal threat­ens Delhi vot­ers that do be­ware of BJP!

A day be­fore the polls Delhi CM Arvind Ke­jri­wal cre­ated a con­tro­versy by al­most threat­en­ing Delhi’s res­i­dents to not vote for the BJP. A video was shared on the so­cial me­dia ‘Face­book’, by Mr. Ke­jri­wal telling

telling the Delhi vot­ers that they would them­selves be re­spon­si­ble for dengue and chikun­gunya for five years if BJP came back to power in the three civic bod­ies of Delhi. How­ever, at the end he also came to know that the ball is now in some­one else court and he was very late in his ac­tions.

BJP se­cured a clean sweep in all the three civic cor­po­ra­tions of Delhi

Shat­ter­ing the hopes and con­fi­dence of AAP and Con­gress, BJP won all the three cor­po­ra­tions of Delhi with a huge num­ber of seats for the third con­sec­u­tive term.

BJP claims pol­i­tics of ex­cuses and blame games has lost

Af­ter win­ning the MCD elec­tion 2017, BJP chief Amit Shah stated that this was the vic­tory of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s pol­i­tics of devel­op­ment and the loss of pol­i­tics of ‘blame game’ and ‘ex­cuses’ prac­ticed by op­po­si­tion par­ties. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Ti­wari also ac­cused the op­po­si­tion lead­ers of do­ing pol­i­tics of “neg­a­tiv­ity”.

De­fec­tions from Con­gress

The Con­gress elec­tion cam­paign for the MCD polls was hit by the de­fec­tion of a few se­nior lead­ers in­clud­ing four-time MLA Arvin­der Singh Lovely and Delhi women’s Con­gress chief Barkha Shukla Singh. More­over apart from this break up within the party, the lead­ers of con­gress had made ac­cu­sa­tion against the Delhi Con­gress chief Ajay Maken of ig­nor­ing de­mands and ad­vice of party work­ers.

De­fec­tion from AAP

Alike Con­gress, AAP had also faced cer­tain de­fec­tion ahead of the MCD elec­tion 2017. AAP MLA from Bawana, Ved Prakash, had left the party and had planned to join the BJP. Prakash made very strong al­le­ga­tions against the AAP lead­er­ship stat­ing that it was in­ac­ces­si­ble to party MLAS and claimed that 35 other AAP MLAS are also not happy with the party lead­er­ship.

AAP again blames EVMS!

“It is dif­fi­cult to be­lieve (the re­sults). A de­feat or vic­tory by such huge mar­gin of the polls would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the rig­ging of polling ma­chined,” were the words of the Delhi Deputy CM Man­ish Siso­dia when hav­ing a con­fer­ence with the re­porters af­ter early leads which con­firmed a mas­sive loss for AAP. The party had been com­plain­ing against the EVMS be­ing de­fec­tive, since its loss in Pun­jab and Goa As­sem­bly elec­tions 2017. AAP had even asked the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion to again carry out MCD polls but now not the faulty ma­chines but on bal­lot pa­pers. How­ever, the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion said on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions that the polling ma­chines in any case be­ing what­so­ever could not be tam­pered with, but AAP se­nior leader Siso­dia made a ques­tion­able ar­gu­ment “Even the BJP lead­ers who once used to cam­paign against the EVM, did re­search against it, are now sup­port­ing it,”. This is still a con­tro­versy and noth­ing clear had come out from ei­ther side. The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion had ex­pressly stated that tam­per­ing of the EVMS is not pos­si­ble in what­so­ever any case be it.


It’s a tough call for ev­ery party sit­ting on the op­po­si­tion to bring out new things to al­lure the vot­ers. As now, the pub­lic is of the opin­ion to cast their vote for some­one who is go­ing to work for the bet­ter­ment and for them, and not just go­ing to lis­ten their fake prom­ises. How­ever, re­sults of this elec­tions were shock­ing for all and it is be­ing con­tended every­where that BJP’S mas­sive vic­tory is a re­sult of the hu­mil­i­a­tion which it faced in the cap­i­tal ter­ri­tory elec­tions two years back where it could able to se­cure only 3 seats out of a to­tal num­ber of 70 seats. Against such al­le­ga­tions of EVM tam­per­ing or AAP leader Gopal Rai’s al­le­ga­tions that the BJP win in the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions is not a BJP but an EVM wave, are one-sided and prov­ing of the Delhi exit polls re­sults are on the other side. The lead­ers of the op­po­si­tion are look­ing be­hind for rea­sons for shad­ow­ing their loss and on the other side the peo­ple of the na­tional cap­i­tal are en­joy­ing their well-planned and well-in­formed de­ci­sion dis­prov­ing all the claims of the op­po­si­tion. The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion has trashed all the al­le­ga­tions made upon him for pro­vid­ing be­fore 2006 EVMS or stat­ing that any­one can make a “looka­like” gad­get to jus­tify “magic or tam­per­ing”. The an­swer the doubts re­gard­ing the ef­fi­cacy of ma­chines, the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion which has been man­dated to con­duct and per­form the state as­sem­blies elec­tions and lo­cal elec­tions an­nounced that an EVM hackathon can be con­ducted on some­where af­ter an all-party meet­ing on May 12 and all the na­tional par­ties have been asked to de­pute their rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the hackathon that will be hosted at the EC’S head­quar­ters. Such strong move by the EC shows its bold­ness while deal­ing with such type al­le­ga­tions, as it is a body of re­pute which has been en­trusted upon to look be­fore main­tain­ing the deco­rum of the democ­racy in In­dia.

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