4.30 pm: Kapil Mishra on AAP claims that an EVM can be tampered with: “Tomorrow they will tell voters that there is something wrong with their finger and that it presses the wrong button.”
3.50 pm: Here is a recap of what Bharadwaj said about “manipulating” EVMs: The Greater Kailash MLA, using a dummy EVM, demonstrated to the House how easy it is to rig a voting machine. Bharadwaj alleged that on the day of polling a “manipulator” enters the polling booth as voting is underway and enters an unique secret code. The votes cast henceforth are polled to the selected candidate, he claimed. Bharadwaj also claimed that the motherboard of an EVM can be changed in just 90 seconds. He challenged “scientists” to explain to him how the EVMs cannot be hacked.
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) May 9, 2017
3.45 pm: AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj concludes his speech, receives a thunderous applause from the House.
3.43 pm: Any device designed by man can be hacked by man. Countries that made EVMs themselves use paper ballots: AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj.
3.40 pm: People sacrificed a lot for freedom of our nation. To let the people of India, not the British, not rich men, to rule India. If elections continue to be done through these EVMs there will be no measure of democracy left. Only one party will rule: AAP MLA Bharadwaj.
3.35 pm: All it takes to rig an EVM is changing the motherboard. All it takes is 90 seconds. Outrageous: AAP MLA Bharadwaj.
3.30 pm: I am a computer science graduate. I worked for various MNCs in the last 10 years. I challenge any scientist to explain this to me. Welcome both Harvard and hard work : AAP MLA Bharadwaj.
3.24 pm: SAD-BJP MLA from Rajouri Garden Manjinder Singh Sirsa objects to the demonstration.
3.19 pm: Now, AAP MLA Bharadwaj shows what happens on counting day. He claims that votes are rigged and most are transferred to the favoured party.
3.15 pm: AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj: Every constituency has a different secret code. It is entered into the EVM around 10 am. All the votes cast after this will go the selected candidate
3.10 pm: AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj: There is a secret code. The party that has the secret code can use it to make its candidate win.
3.02 pm: Demonstrating how an EVM is susceptible to manipulation, AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj conducts a mock poll where he gives two votes each to various parties. The final tally of the votes cast however shows that a few parties received zero votes and that they were transferred to the remaining parties.
3.02 pm: AAP MLA Bharadwaj: Just before voting is about to begin, election officials show every party agent how everything is fine with the EVM.
3.00 pm: AAP MLA Bharadwaj: An ordinary engineering graduate like me can now manipulate the EVM by working on it for just 10-15 days.
2.59 pm: AAP MLA Bharadwaj: “There has been a debate on the EVM in the last few days. They say that it cannot be tampered, hack or manipulated. I did B.Tech computer science, I worked on microprocessors and micro controllers…”
2.57 pm: AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj comes forward with what looks like a dummy voting machine. He will demonstrate how the voting machine can be successfully manipulated.
2:53 pm: “People of India cannot be fooled. You cannot win 282 seats in UP. If a chip in petrol pump can be manipulated, EVMs too can be tampered with,” an AAP MLA said.
2:48 pm “When our candidates went to people to ask for votes, they said ‘We will give you vote. But do check the EVMs’,” said an AAP MLA.
2:45 pm The AAP MLAs don’t want to discuss corruption charges on Kejriwal in Delhi assembly and that is why they are trying to divert the issue by talking about EVMs: BJP MLA Vijender Gupta.
2:44 pm It’s saddening that cash transaction is taking place between Kejriwal and his ministers. Jain should be immediately arrested: BJP MLA Vijender Gupta.
2:43 pm Arvind Kejriwal involved in corrupt activities along with Satyendar Jain: BJP MLA Vijender Gupta.
2:42 pm BJP MLA Vijender Gupta is addressing the media outside the assembly.
2:39 pm We are not going to bow down, says Alka Lamba and concludes her speech
2:36 pm Uttarakhand High Court has taken cognizance of the issue and ordered probe of all the EVMs used in the state elections: Alka Lamba
2:34 pm AAP got the historic mandate in 2015 assembly elections in Delhi. Nobody questioned AAP victory because people knew EVMs were not tampered. People showed trust in AAP. But it started UP elections: Alka Lamba
2:33 pm Recently UP chief minister proved how a simple chip is used to manipulate petrol vending machines at petrol pumps in the state. It is so easy these days to do such manipulations: Alka Lamba
2:31 pm Why is the EVM machine not being given to scientists? It is because they can easily prove that tampering can be done: Alka Lamba
2.29 pm: For those who have missed, earlier BJP MLA Vijender Gupta was marshalled out of the assembly for disrupting the proceedings.
Delhi: BJP MLA Vijendra Gupta marshaled out of the Delhi Assembly pic.twitter.com/eurGJkwOgX
— ANI (@ANI_news) May 9, 2017
2.27 pm: It is easy to tamper older generation EVMs. Instead of using the newer version in the Delhi MCD polls, the State EC used the older version: Alka Lamba.
2.24 pm: AAP MLA Alka Lamba: “It is not the first time that questions were raised against the EVMs…after the election results in Uttar Pradesh came out, people began saying that they never voted for the BJP.”
2.22 pm: Speaker Niwas Goel asks BJP MLA Vijender Gupta to leave from the Vidhan Sabha for disrupting the House proceedings. However, Gupta refuses. Now, the Marshals are summoned to drag Gupta out of the assembly.
2.15 pm: AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj to demonstrate to the House how EVMs can be manipulated. BJP MLAs try to stall assembly proceedings.
2.12 pm: The BJP MLAs were quick to stand on their feet and demand a debate over the allegations made by sacked AAP minister Kapil Mishra.
2.08 pm: Speaker Niwas Goel welcomes newly elected Rajouri Garden MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa. The AAP candidate lost his deposit and finished third, behind Congress in the recently concluded bypoll.
2.00 pm: Delhi Assembly special session begins, Speaker Ram Niwas Goel pays tribute to the two jawans killed by Pakistan Border Action Team and the CRPF jawans killed in a Maoist ambush in Sukma. Members of the legislative assembly observe a minute’s silence in respect to the departed souls.
1.55 pm: Kapil Mishra met CBI officials and asked them to register an FIR against Kejriwal, Jain and other AAP leaders. Here is a list of his allegations:
1) Kejriwal took Rs 2 crore in cash from Jain. 2) Jain helped Kejriwal’s brother-in-law in settling a land deal worth Rs 50 crore. 3) AAP government misused public money in a water tanker scam. 4) Former Punjab convenor Sanjay Singh accepted money from party ticket aspirants. 5) AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Ashish khetan, Satyendar Jain, Raghav Chadha used unaccounted money to fund foreign trips.
1.45 pm: We are just 15 minutes away from the special assembly proceedings beginning in the Delhi Vidhan Sabha. Kerjiwal, earlier on Twitter, said that AAP MLA from Greater Kailash, Saurabh Bharadwaj will expose a big conspiracy going on in the country.
1.30 pm: It will be interesting to see what the AAP government will reveal in the specially convened assembly session today. A quick look at AAP leaders Twitter timeline suggests that it could be something linked to the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). After finishing second in the Punjab assembly and Delhi MCD polls, the AAP leadership raised questions over the functioning of the voting machines, alleging that they can be manipulated.
1.20 pm: Earlier in the day, BJP workers protested outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kerjwal’s residence. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari had demanded Kejriwal’s resignation and asked Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijpal to recommend President’s rule in Delhi.
1.05 pm: The special assembly session will begin at around 2 pm today. Here is where you can watch it: http://webcast.gov.in/delhiassembly/
12.55 pm: On Sunday: Mishra said he saw Kerjiwal accept Rs 2 crore from Jain and raised questions over the source of funds received by the party ahead of Punjab polls.
On Monday: Mishra appears before ACB and submits evidence in water tanker scam. He claims that Jain helped Kejriwal’s brother-in-law to settle a land deal worth Rs 50 crore.
On Tuesday: Mishra accuses AAP senior leaders of using unaccounted money to fund their foreign trips.
12.45 pm: Kapil Mishra arrives at CBI headquarters to handover evidence against Arvind Kejriwal, Satyendar Jain and other AAP leaders.
12.30 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who convened a special assembly session today, tweeted: “Today in assembly, Saurabh Bharaawaj will disclose the truth about a big conspiracy going on in the country…truth will prevail.”
Earlier in the morning, Mishra sought ‘blessing’ from Kejriwal before heading to the CBI office to submit evidence against him and others. “Bless me… I am filing an FIR against you,” Mishra said, addressing the media in Delhi and reading out a letter he wrote to the AAP convener.
देश में चल रहे एक बहुत बड़े षड्यंत्र का सच आज सदन में सौरभ भारद्वाज देश के सामने रखेंगे। उन्हें ज़रूर सुनियेगा। सत्यमेव जयते।
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 9, 2017
Mishra also challenged Kejriwal to resign and stand in elections against him.
On Sunday, a day after being sacked as water resources minister, Mishra accused Kejriwal of accepting Rs 2 crore in cash from Jain. Mishra appeared before the Anti-Corruption Branch on Monday and submitted evidence against the AAP government for allegedly misusing public money in a water tanker scam. He also claimed that Jain helped Kejriwal’s brother-in-law, who passed away recently, in settling a land deal worth Rs 50 crore. On Tuesday, Mishra alleged that several senior AAP leaders used “illegal money” to fund their foreign trips. He even threatened to sit on hunger strike from Wednesday if they fail to disclose details of the trips.
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