On the memorable day May 9, 2017, in a televised show from the floor of the Delhi Assembly, his trusted lieutenant MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj ‘proved’ that electronic voting machine (EVM) can be easily rigged. The Election Commission and Kejriwal’s detractors may dismiss the EVM used in the live show as a toy, it was sufficient for Kejriwal to claim that his allegation is proved and that the democracy in India is in danger. (It does not matter to him that many people feel that he is a threat to democracy.)
I admire Kejriwal because he knows when and whom to embrace and when and whom to hit. He embraced right to information movement at the right time and got Magsaysay award. He embraced ‘India Against Corruption’ movement led by Anna Hazare for which he was awarded with the status of a leader. He embraced politics, formed a political party and became the most talked about Chief Minister because he wanted to be the most powerful chief minister, more powerful than the Constitution makers could ever imagine.
He embraced Nitish and Nitish’s friend Laloo when they defeated his archenemy BJP. Before becoming chief minister, he hit all those whom he considered ‘corrupt’. After becoming Chief Minister, he hits all those who consider him ‘corrupt’. The latest to be hit is his own former colleague and confidant Kapil Mishra who is the first ‘friend’ to hit him (Kejriwal) below the belt. He has been very consistent in hitting his main ‘rival’ Narendra Modi but for whom perhaps he (Kejriwal) would have been Prime Minister since 2014.
He embraced EVMs in 2013 and 2015 and was rewarded with maximum number of MLAs in Delhi Assembly. He started hitting EVMs when he started losing elections.
Now that he has publicly proved that he knows how to manipulate EVMs to get the desired result, we know for sure how his party got so many seats in 2013 and 2015 Delhi Assembly elections but would still like ask the straight question: ‘How did you manipulate EVMs on an experimental basis in 2013 and on almost full-scale in 2015?’
A supplementary question is, ‘What went wrong in Goa, Punjab and in Delhi in 2017? Does the BJP know a better technology?’
Kejriwal can save democracy in India which, he says, is in danger, if he could share with the public his knowledge of the technology he used in 2013 and 2015 to successfully manipulate EVMs and how he failed in 2017. I request him to give full details.
(1) Technologies available for different types of voting machines: brief description of each technology (specifying whether the particular technology is for stand-alone machines as used in India or for inter-connected, through wire or internet, machines or for both); name of the inventor and period of invention; claims made by the inventor with proof; the scale on which each technology has been used; technology which has been used in India to influence election results so far.
(2) Readiness of a technology or technologies for mass application: detailed information about the technology which has or can be been used on a mass scale i.e. in several constituencies at the same time to influence results.
(3) Accessibility to EVMs for manipulation: since EVMs are always kept safely to prevent access of unauthorized persons, methods to be adopted by manipulators for access to tamper with machines.
(4) Time, and resources (number of expert operators, cost, logistics, etc.) required for manipulation of EVMs to influence results of election of, say, Delhi Assembly.
(5) Risks and uncertainties: chances of detection during demonstration before pulling starts; chances of detection during or after voting; chances of failure of the technology during its application.
I am sure, such a guide book could be one of the best-sellers and will fetch him so much money that he will not have to depend on friends like Satyendra Jain.
By Devendra Narain