Rampant rigging, misuse of ballot papers should settle debate over EVMs once and for all
If the West Bengal panchayat polls has settled one debate, it is the specious and mischievous Opposition narrative on ballot papers. BJP's pan-Indian dominance had frustrated the Opposition to such an extent that Congress leaders (and many regional satraps started raising questions on EVMs and advocating a return to ballot papers. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, too, had joined the chorus, arguing that "EVMs can be tampered with, so let’s go back to the old system". The developments in West Bengal during the panchayat polls (where ballot papers were used instead of EVMs) showed conclusively which tool is vulnerable to exploitation and which isn't. Whereas the EVMs have ensured truly free and fair elections, a number of instances in Bengal regarding ballot papers proved how these can be easily misused to rig the polls.
#WestBengal: Ballot papers thrown in a pond after a clash that broke out between TMC & BJP in Murshidabad. Following which voting has been stopped for now. #PanchayatElection pic.twitter.com/0kcQSz4izl— ANI (@ANI) May 14, 2018