AAP demonstrates ‘how to hack EVMs’ in Delhi Assembly

Published: May 9, 2017 - 18:34 Updated: August 1, 2017 - 16:56

For the first time, a political party demonstrated that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), which has been at the centre of a raging controversy after the recent polls, can be hacked

In a sensational exposé, the Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday did a live demonstration of how Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) can be manipulated during a special Assembly session convened by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The demonstration, however, was junked by the BJP and AAP detractors as "diversionary tactics" meant to shift focus from the allegations made by former minister Kapil Sharma against the Delhi CM for accepting Rs 2 crores in bribe from health minister Satyendra Jain. 

Demonstrating how the EVMs could be manipulated despite Election Commission officials resolutely denying that it could be rigged, Saurabh Bhardwaj, an AAP MLA, conducted a mock poll on a dummy machine giving two votes each to five political parties. However, the final tally of the votes did not match as some parties received zero votes and their votes were automatically transferred to one specific party (BJP). Bhardwaj, who is a computer engineer and has worked on microprocessors, said that there is a secret code and the party which has it wins the election for its candidate. The codes are allegedly fed into the EVMs just before the counting begins. 

Bhardwaj said, “Any device designed by man can be hacked by man. Countries that made EVMs themselves use paper ballots.” On a lighter note, the AAP MLA added, “We learnt how to hack these machines in just three months, while it took the BJP five years to figure it out.” 

A live demonstration of how EVMs can be manipulated has taken place for the first time after months of mudslinging and accusations by different political parties that allege that the BJP win was helped through manipulation of machines. The accusations began in the wake of UP election results which gave a huge mandate to the BJP. Hours after the results were announced, BSP supremo Mayawati blamed her loss on EVMs. The AAP also blamed EVMs for its Punjab loss. 

Remarking that the party is not getting votes in the name of Arvind Kejriwal anymore, Kapil Mishra questioned the credibility and methods of his own party when it won 67 seats in 2015. Mishra said, “AAP has lost its mental balance, MCD results were not because of EVMs. Today, he will blame EVM, tomorrow your fingers.”    

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of India (ECI) rubbished the sensational expose in the Delhi Assembly by claiming that the machine that was used was not a standard machine.

While many believed that the special session was convened by the government to issue a statement and for a show of strength in the backdrop of the growing rebellion within the ranks of the AAP, Kejriwal had another plan in his mind.

Earlier in the day, Mishra met the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and filed three sets of complaints against his former boss Arvind Kejriwal. "I've registered three complaints. The first is in connection with the Rs 50 crore land deal made for Arvind Kejriwal's relative. The second complaint is against the cash exchange of Rs 2 crore between Kejriwal and Satyendra Jain, and third against five AAP leaders who misused funds for foreign trips,” said Mishra after meeting CBI officials. Threatening to go on a hunger strike, the former water minister asked the AAP to release details of foreign travels undertaken by Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chaddha, Satyendra Jain, Ashish Khetan and Durgesh Pathak in public domain.