Dy CM Ajit Pawar defends EVMs

Ajit Pawar - EVM

Mumbai : When the state Congress chief and former Speaker Nana Patole is advocating to frame a law to give voters the option of using ballot papers besides EVMs, the Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on Thursday defended the EVM, saying that political parties blame the machines when they lose elections but, when they win, ‘everything is fine.’

Talking to media persons, the deputy chief minister who is also a senior NCP leader said that the EVMs have become an excuse for some political parties and leaders to blame their defeat in the elections. Pawar further stressed that ‘I have full faith in EVMs.”

Giving the example of Congress’ victory in Rajasthan and Punjab Assembly elections, the NCP leader Pawar said the grand old party registered its victory and formed the government in both the states while the voting was conducted through EVMs.

Taking aim at the critics of the EVMs, Pawar sarcastically said, “When some political leaders win by a huge margin, they have no problem with the machines, but when someone loses badly and also loses his/her deposit money, then they say…EVMs were managed.

Earlier, the state Congress chief Patole said that he has asked the state legislature to frame a law for using ballot box as an option for the elections in Maharashtra. He also held a meeting in this regard along with the then chief electoral officer Baldev Singh and others at the Vidhan Bhawan last month.

Raising questions over the use of Electronic Voting Machines, Patole said “I have asked the state government to frame a law in this connection. The state government can frame a law. In the past, doubts were raised during the elections (about EVM tampering).”