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Cyber expert claims EVMs compromised, 2014 election rigged; EC set to take legal action

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GR News Desk | New Delhi

Hours after a US-based cyber expert Monday claimed that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) used by the Election Commission of India (ECI) is compromised, the commission said that the machines are ‘foolproof’ and they are exploring legal ways to take certain action against the man.

Leveling serious allegations against the ruling BJP government, Syed Shuja, the cyber expert in a press conference in London via Skype, alleged that the 2014 elections were rigged by the BJP along with several assembly elections that followed.

“It has come to our notice that an event claiming to demonstrate EVMs used by ECI can be tampered with, has been organised in London. ECI has been wary of becoming a party to this motivated slugfest and stands by empirical facts about foolproof nature of ECI EVMs. These EVMs are manufactured in Bharat Electronics Ltd & Electronics Corporation of India Ltd under very strict supervisory and security conditions. There are rigorous Standard Operating Procedures observed under the supervision of a committee of technical experts constituted in 2010,” the EC said in a statement.

Shuja who was initially scheduled to address the press conference, organised by an association of journalists, in person could not take his flight from New York after he was allegedly attacked by unknown men. In an expose, the cyber expert claimed that he was part of the team that designed the EVMs and alleged that Union Minister Gopinath Munde was killed because he was aware of the rigging and was likely to expose the government. It is to be noted that Munde was the union minister in PM Narendra Modi led cabinet and died in an accident in June 2014, barely a month after BP came to power. Shuja also claimed that journalist Gauri Lankesh agreed to run the story and had even filed an RTI in the matter but was killed.

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Shuja also claimed that his team was attacked and killed at the behest of a BJP leader after they fixed a meeting with him in Hyderabad. He added that a riot was then orchestrated the next day to dump the bodies as a cover-up by the police after which he fled India and sought an asylum in the US. In another claim, Shuja said that he and his team managed to stop the rigging of EVMs during the 2015 Delhi assembly elections after which the AAP won and came to power with a mammoth majority. Reacting to the development, AAP social media strategist Ankit Lal called the event a ‘stupid debacle’ and said, “Despite the stupid debacle that IACJ (or Congress?) organized #EVMHacking in London was, one must remember no electronic method is ‘foolproof.’ Indian democracy needs verifiable voting to restore the faith of voters into the system. It cannot be a black box.”

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The journalists association had invited leaders from various political parties including the BJP, but only Congress’ Kapil Sibal was present at the event. Reacting to the event and the allegations, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the Congress can go to any extent to remove Narendra Modi as the PM. “Kapil Sibal didn’t go by accident. He was sent by Congress, by Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. The Congress gets paid to defame the nation, so they needed to send a ‘postman’ at the event,” he added.

Meanwhile, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said that she will take uo the issues surrounding the EVMs with the ECI. “Our great democracy must be protected. Every vote of yours is precious. All Oppn parties discussed the #EVM issue after the #UnitedIndiaAtBrigade rally. We are working closely together and decided on Jan 19 itself to consistently take up the matter with EC. Yes, every vote counts,” Mamata tweeted.