EVM row: Oppn. not able to digest BJP’s upsurge, says Naidu

New Delhi [India], Apr 13 : Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday downplayed the allegations of EVM tampering and said that opposition parties are leveling baseless allegations as they are not able to digest the upsurge of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the nation.

Asserting that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA dispensation works with utmost transparency, Naidu said that the opposition parties are hell bent in denouncing the government to spoil its impression in front of the masses."The Congress Party and the Communist Party, in the wake of numerous defeats, are behaving like this. They are not able to digest the fact that people of the nation have selected the BJP. Which is why they are trying to create a negative image of our party then they are also not letting the parliament function.

These rival parties don't want people to think good of the BJP and Prime Minister Modi," said Naidu. "Now they are targeting the Election Commission. When they win then it's okay, and when they don't then its wrong. When the Congress won in 2004 then the EVMs were correct, when the AAP won in Delhi with 67 seats then EVMs were right and now that the BJP has won then all of a sudden, they are alleging that the machines were tampered.

The complaints the opposition parties have made against the BJP in front of the President are wrong. We work with utmost transparency," he added. A Congress-led delegation has submitted a memorandum on the alleged irregularities in EVMs to President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday.

The delegation included several popular leaders like Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Satyavrat Chaturvedi, and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad among others.

Post meeting with President Mukherjee, Azad said that the alleged tampering of EVMs, and the backdoor entry by the BJP to form the governments in Goa and Manipur, have raised questions on the electoral process in the country.

Azad said that the united Opposition sought the president's intervention to maintain the constitutional safeguards in India.

Source: ANI