New Delhi, Jan 22 : A day after a cyber expert levelled various charges against the BJP, including the allegation that the 2014 general elections were rigged and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde was “murdered” before he could expose it,Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday questioned the presence of senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal at the ‘EVM Hackathon’ event in London where Suja made the sensational claims.
“Congress’ false agenda is an insult to the Indian voters. In what capacity was senior Congress leader present at the EVM hackathon event? He went there to monitor it on behalf of Congress,” Prasad said in New Delhi. “Is the Congress-sponsored event designed to defame the popular mandate of India?”
Prasad also said that the Congress has a habit of “attacking” a constitutional institution like the Election Commission of India. “EVMs have been in operation since 20 years,” Prasad said, adding that by generating the controversy, the Congress was trying to find an excuse for its “impending defeat” in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
At the hackathon’s press conference in London,Syed Shuja, a self-proclaimed cyber expert based in the US, had made sensational allegations that the BJP had jacked the EVMs in 2014 without offering a shred of evidence.
“This was a Congress-sponsored London press conference. Is the Congress-sponsored event designed to defame the popular mandate of 2014? Is it meant to insult the nation’s voters,” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad questioned.
Raising questions about the expert’s credentials, Prasad said, “I have been IT minister for four-and-a-half years, I have never heard of him. This man comes from the US, face covered. Don’t understand this drama. Such colossal nonsense.”
Shuja’s claims on Gopinath Munde being killed because he knew of the 2014 “rigging”, the minister said: “He (Gopinath Munde) is not here to respond. He died in an accident in Delhi. Sudhir Gupta, an AIIMS doctor, has said he did the post-mortem and Munde died of a neck injury. How can they call it murder?”