EVMs an excuse, accept defeat: Amit Shah

“It is expected that defeated parties accept their loss with honesty. But now they are finding excuses.”

By: Express News Service | Bhubaneswar | Published: April 16, 2017 4:16 am
Amit Shah, Amit Shah EVM, EVM tampering, Amit Shah EVM tampering allegations, BJP national executive meeting, BJP EVM tampering, India news, Indian Express Prime Minister Narendra Modi with part president Amit Shah at BJP’s National executive meet in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. (PTI Photo)

Questioning the Opposition’s criticism of EVMs, Amit Shah said it was an “insult to the authority of the Election Commission”. Accusing the Opposition of “not accepting defeat gracefully”, he said, “It is expected that defeated parties accept their loss with honesty. But now they are finding excuses.”

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Shah had pointed out that when the UPA won in 2004 and 2009 and when the AAP won in Delhi, when the BJP was defeated in Bihar and when the Congress won in Punjab, the same EVMs were used. “The Opposition has today no answer to our 325 seats and three-fourth majority, and so they are making EVMs and other excuses,” Shah said.

Responding to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s comment that he had ways to hack EVMs, Prasad said, “A Chief Minister, an alumnus of IIT, claimed that EVMs can be tampered in 70 ways. We didn’t expect a CM to claim himself to be a hacker.”

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    Apr 16, 2017 at 11:03 am
    BJP also complained while they were in opposition against EVMs Looks like BJP is tempering with EVMs and does not want an open & fair investigation. Increasingly it looks like EC has become a puppet of Feku like RBI during demonetization EVMs should not be everybody votes Modi & no matter whom you give vote it count towards BJP!! EC is disgraceful!!
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      George Cruz
      Apr 16, 2017 at 5:13 am
      Amit Shah is 100 correct in saying that "EVMs an excuse, accept defeat". The opposition parties like the BSP, SP, AAP, Congress, etc have lost big in the just concluded elections, and now crying fowl, and blaming the EVM. It is just like a elementary school child who din't do the home work and when asked by the teacher child complained that "dog ate my home work". All these opposition parties haven't contributed anything (ZILCH) to the betterment of the country other than looting the country using various scams, dividing the people of India for vote bank politics, promising manifesto of lots of freebies which are basically "pies in the sky", blocking every developmental proposals made by the BJP in the parliament for no reason, and now gone anti-national by supporting the Kashmir separatist Islamic Jihadists at the risk of India's integrity and security.