New Delhi: BJP chief Nitin Gadkari today
said his party was not against Electronic Voting Machines or
use of technology in elections but wanted paper back-up as it
had still not been proved that EVMs were tamper-proof.
"The system should be modernised. We are not against
modernisation or against EVMs but only want paper back-up,"
Gadkari said at the launch of "Democracy at Risk", a book on
EVMs and their susceptibility to tampering by psephologist G V
L Narasimha Rao.
Gadkari insisted that reservations about EVMs were not
confined to the BJP alone and many other political parties,
including the Orissa unit of Congress, were wary of its use.
"On the one hand, we say voting percentage should be
increased and voting should be made mandatory and on the other
hand, people cannot vote (due to tampering of EVMs). This is
not a problem of voting alone but a problem related to
Indian democracy," Gadkari said.
Rao said he is closely watching a case in the Delhi High
Court on the issue and if the verdict is not satisfactory he
may file a fresh case.
He is also in touch with leaders from the Left parties
and TDP, among others, on the issue as they have expressed
doubts on EVMs being leak-proof.
"It is a blatant lie that EVMs are tamper-proof. I think
the use of EVMs on a national scale is illegal," Rao said.