Over its allegation of EVMsÂ tampering, Congress party moved to Supreme Court on December 15. The Gujarat Congress secretary approached the apex court and sought verification of at least 25 per cent of the VVPAT paper trail with the corresponding EVM votes.
In the wake of continuous allegations that EVMs were manipulated and hacked using Bluetooth technology on the first phase of polling on December 9, the Congress approached the apex court. Former Gujarat unit chief Arjun Modhwadia and Senior Congress leader, who is contesting from Porbandar, allegedly said that mobile phones were detecting some external devices connected to EVMs at polling booths in his constituency. However, the poll panel rejected his claims.
Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee has filed a petition with the Supreme Court, seeking direction to the Election Commission to count and cross-verify at least 25% of the VVPAT paper trail votes with the EVM votes on counting day. pic.twitter.com/fmVCDF6jbe
According to reports, veteran Congress leaders and senior lawyers Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi are likely to argue for their party in the top court.
“The chips fitted in the EVMs appear to be programmable using bluetooth, and this raises the possibility of tampering. The voting system should be immune to such connectivity to external devices,” he said.
“Members of the Congress are saying there is a defect in the EVMs. The EC would respond to it. But we can say that the Congress is searching for an excuse even before the results are out, as it stares at a loss in the elections. They are trying to hide behind the EVMs,” he said.