Rajya Sabha disrupted over EVM row

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India TV Politics Desk New Delhi 05 Apr 2017, 01:49 PM IST

The Rajya Sabha was today disrupted over the alleged tampering of Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs) in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. 

Congress MP Digvijaya Singh raised the issue when the House met for the day’s business after a break of four days.

"It's a scam and there is a proof against it," Singh alleged.

Ram Gopal Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and other opposition leaders also joined Digvijaya Singh on the issue and raised doubts on functioning of the EVMs.

"It's a serious matter," said Ram Gopal Yadav.

Mayawati said the government was not "trustworthy" and her party would take the matter up in a court of law.

Reacting to their charges, members from treasury benches said the Election Commission has a report on it and they must approach it.

"Don't waste time of the House," Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

Naqvi said that many elections had been held using EVMs and various political parties had won, but the questions were being raised about EVMs when the BJP won the Uttar Pradesh elections.

"It's an insult of the people. It's also an insult to democracy of the country," he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien asked members to maintain peace but nobody paid attention to his pleas and briefly adjourned the House.

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