After the party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha elections, in what seems to be a case of sour grapes, the state BJP carried out a mock voting exercise at its Nariman Point office, to show how Electronic Voting Machines can be manipulated. State BJP party leaders roped in PSV Prasad – who provides software to EVM manufacturers – to conduct a mock voting exercise before addressing the media. The demonstration came 20 days after former Delhi Chief Secretary made the claim about rigging through EVMs. The BJP has also demanded the reintroduction of ballot papers for the forthcoming state elections. For the mock voting exercise at their office in Nariman Point, State BJP leaders summoned P S V Prasad, who provides software to EVM manufacturers, to show how the machines can be manipulated. The machines that were used to demonstrate was designed and developed by his company. P S V Prasad said that the machine is manipulated by inserting the Trojan horse virus in the microchip of the control unit at the time of manufacturing. It can be programmed in such a manner that a certain percentage of polled votes are registered for a candidate by pressing select keys on the ballot unit and control unit in a sequence, before the actual voting. The BJP party said that after manipulation, the machine stops registering votes cast for a particular party even when people click its symbol. The party is demanding that all the EVMs in use be checked and loopholes plugged. Alternatively, they have also demanded that the Election Commission consider having a paper ballot along with EVMs in the forthcoming elections. Former MP Kirit Somaiya said that EVMs used in India are obsolete. In several countries these machines have been discarded because they are not foolproof. Meanwhile the Election Commission has disputed claims made and said that the machines are foolproof and tamper-proof. With cameraperson Ranjeet Gupta, Dheeraj Mishra for NMTV News.

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