Ravi Shankar Prasad said he had never heard of Syed Shuja, who claimed that 2014 Lok Sabha polls were “rigged” and that EVMs can be hacked, even though as Union IT minister he keeps in touch with experts and developments in the field.
On Monday, addressing a press conference in London from the US via Skype, Syed Shuja, who claimed to have worked with EVM manufacturing PSU ECIL in past, made sensational claims but offered no evidence to back them.
These electronic voting machines are now stored in over 670 strongrooms across Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana. A total of 1,74,724 EVMs were used at polling stations in the five states.
They are part of the Congress’s night vigil team outside Bhopal’s old district jail building, where EVMs and VVPATs were stored after votes were cast for the seven Assembly seats in the district on November 28.
In their discussions on holding simultaneous elections in the country, the EC officials had said they would need around Rs 4,500 crore to buy nearly 12 lakh additional EVMs and an equal number VVPAT machines.
Stakes will be high for Congress and BJP and a number of other parties like AIADMK, DMK, NCP and Shiv Sena when 117 constituencies will go to polls on Thursday in yet another substantial round of polling in the Lok Sabha elections.