Siddaramaiah slams BJP amid EVM row, says GVL Narasimha Rao even wrote book questioning voting machines after 2009 polls

Bengaluru: As the debate over EVMs hotted up, former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah Wednesday said it was BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao who has authored a book questioning Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) 10 years ago and party veteran LK Advani had written the preface for it.

In a tweet in Kannada, Siddaramaiah wrote, "BJP was the first to raise doubts about the EVMs. The spokesperson of that party had even written a book. Supporting the doubt, LK Advani had written the preface of the book. What's the reason behind BJP's change in stand in the last 10 years?"

 Siddaramaiah slams BJP amid EVM row, says GVL Narasimha Rao even wrote book questioning voting machines after 2009 polls

File image of Congress leader Siddaramaiah. Getty Images

The book 'Democracy at risk due to EVMs' was written by Rao, a psephologist-turned politician, after 2009 election. A poster Siddaramaiah tweeted says, "Concerns about EVMs are legitimate when raised by BJP!"

His tweet came in the backdrop of six questions posed by BJP national president Amit Shah to Opposition parties for raising doubts about the sanctity of EVMs.

In his tweets, Shah condemned those questioning the EVMs saying that opposing EVMs is an insult to the voters. He said that by questioning the EVMs, the 22 parties, shaken with the possible loss, were tarnishing the image of the country.

Shah also questioned the political parties why did they assume power who were elected through EVMs and were now questioning its authenticity.

As many as 21 political parties had on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission, asking it to first count the five VVPATs and tally with the EVMs before proceeding with the counting process for the Lok Sabha polls. However, the EC turned down their plea.

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Updated Date: May 22, 2019 23:01:20 IST