Taking on the Narendra Modi government, Pitroda said that the “idea of India was at stake” this election. “Diversity that one sees in India must be celebrated. When you attack this very diversity, you’re attacking the soul of India. This is not done. We’ve a serious situation.”
The five locations, where the old EVMs and VVPATs of M2 model will be used, are the Assembly constituencies of Dhrangadhra (Surendranagar district), Manavadar (Junagadh), Talala (Gir Somnath), Unjha (Mehsana) and Jamnagar Rural (Jamnagar).
Manoj was trained for a week by Election Commission officials on handling the EVM, including setting up and connecting the control unit to the ballot unit. He is also trained in installing a white roll of paper to the VVPAT unit, which provides a printed feedback to verify the vote.
The decision came in the backdrop of EVMs and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines being found in hotels, roads and even at the residence of an MLA during the assembly elections held in five states late last year.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna asked the poll panel to file its response by March 1 to the PILs which have also suggested changes in the source code of EVMs to make them tamper proof and would prevent a "pre-determined outcome" during elections.
For wireless hacking on large scale, the hackers would need to invest millions, involve the authorities and manufacturers, use an ultra-small transceiver circuit. Even then, the antenna would stick out as evidence.
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.