On Tuesday, Samajwadi Party supremo, Akhilesh Yadav said that the use of electronic voting machines(EVMs) for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections is not suitable as the technology is not reliable. The party chief during his speech questioned the use of EVMs and said that no country except India is using the machines.
While addressing a party event in Lucknow, Akhilesh Yadav said that Bharatiya Janata Party government was weakening democratic institutions. The party is using the EVMs just to suppress dissent and the voice of the opposition, the chief added.
“Why does a country like Japan, which is very advanced in science and technology, is not using the EVMs? The question should be raised among the nation’s 130 crore people,” the SP chief said in Lucknow.
Akhilesh Yadav mentioned about the EVMs in his speech just after a U.S.-based self-proclaimed Indian cyber expert claimed that the EVMs during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were hacked and the results of the elections were rigged. The cyber expert claimed this during a press conference in London, as per the local sources.
On the other hand, Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati also issued a statement in which she has criticised the EVMs, a day after the London press conference. There have been reports that Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has formed an alliance following the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.