Bhopal/ Madhya Pradesh : The faulty EVM that sparked nationwide controversy after dispensing out BJP voter slips during a dummy test in Bhind was brought in Bhind from Kanpur after being used in the UP assembly poll, an Election Commission team said on Sunday after testing it.
According to TOI, A five-member EC team reached Bhind on Sunday morning and conducted a random test of VVPAT machines. They also checked the lotus-slip EVM and said it was faulty. The controversy has already led to the removal of Bhind collector Illayaraja T, SP Anil Singh Kushwaha and SDOP Indraveer Singh, while 19 other officials face an inquiry with only a week to go for the Ater assembly bypoll.
According to sources , a Delhi team, which includes director-IT & infrastructure Mukesh Meena, additional secretary Madhusudan and AGM ECIL S K Singh said the ‘faulty’ machine was one of 300 sent from Kanpur after the recent UP elections. Going by the slips that it dispensed during the demo in Bhind by state chief electoral officer Saleena Singh on Friday, It was last used in Kanpur’s Govindnagar seat from where BJP’s Satya Dev Pachauri won by whopping 71,509 votes margin by getting 1,12,029 votes defeating INC candidate Ambuj Shikla who got only 40,520 votes.
Meanwhile Congress has questioned how these EVMs reached MP within 20 days of the UP election results. Congress and AAP staged protests on Sunday demanding the removal of CEO Singh. She was holding a demo for journalists when BJP slips allegedly came out on pressing different buttons. An alleged video of this went viral on Friday. Singh, however, says that the EVM later dispensed a Congress slip as well and EVMs cannot be tampered.
The Bhind controversy has come handy for Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal who met chief election commissioner Naseem Zaidi earlier on Sunday and demanded paper ballot voting, raising doubts over the use of 12,000-odd EVMs in the upcoming MCD polls.