The Rajya Sabha saw a huge ruckus on Wednesday morning the with MPs from the Opposition gathering in the well of the house, after which the House was adjourned till 11.30 am.
MPs of the Opposition, led by BSP leader Mayawati -- who had first alleged after the Assembly polls that EVMs were faulty -- were heard raising slogans saying, "EVM ki yeh sarkar nahi chalegi, nahi chalegi (we don't accept this EVM government)."
However, the government was far from convinced, which led to the ruckus.
Ruckus in Parliment over EVM tampering. Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11:30 am. pic.twitter.com/qUNsL7WycG— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) April 5, 2017
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad demanded the scrapping of EVMs in the coming elections.
The Hindu quoted him as saying, "There is doubt on fair elections. For the first time, EVMs are in the shadow of doubt. We are asked why the suspicion just in UP. It is because it was done smartly. If they had done so in all five states, there would have been doubts. I request EVMs not to be used in Gujarat and Himachal."
Samajwadi Party MP Ram Gopa Yadav said:
The government, meanwhile, dismissed the allegations of the Opposition. A News18 tweet quoted BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi as saying:
It was BSP leader Mayawati who had alleged on counting day, after the Assembly polls in five states of the country, that EVMs had been tampered with and she demanded a re-election.
"The results in UP and Uttarakhand are surprising and not palatable to anyone...it seems EVMs did not accept votes polled for any party other than BJP," she had said.
The Supreme Court had also issued a notice to the Election Commission last month, over a petition on the alleged tampering of EVMs.
However, the Election Commission has refuted the allegations so far. A senior official told PTI, "EVMs have made their mark in successive elections. They are a more reliable and safer way for people to cast their vote. Things have become faster and more convenient after introduction of the machines."
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