LIVE: Whatever the result, blame it on EVMs

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Ajay Singh | December 18, 2017 | New Delhi


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Making sense of Gujarat verdict, with Ajay Singh
Making sense of Gujarat verdict, with Ajay Singh

9:13 am: Like failed political analysts, parties also look for an excuse to explain away their failures. Right from the word go, the opposition in Gujarat began with a bravado but with caveat – we will win provided EVMs are not tinkered with… But this is nothing new. Recall Lalu Yadav's proclamation in the 1995 elections: “Ballot boxes will produce the djinn.” And this created a big controversy. What did he mean by “djinn”, people asked. His rivals interpreted it as rigging. Of course, when the results came in, Lalu was seen to have won, obviously with the tacit help of the “djinn”. Similarly, remember BJP spokesman GVL Narasimha Rao’s loud protests over the possibility of EVM tampering after the BJP’s defeat in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls? Even LK Advani endorsed the proposition that the EVMs are not tamperproof.  So don't worry if you hear a big noise about any tinkering of EVMs in the wake of today’s results.

 

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