Gujarat elections: Hardik Patel alleges EVM hacking, allegation rejected

Hardik Patel said that if ATMs could be hacked, there was no reason why EVMs couldn't be. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India Dec 17, 2017, 09.45 AM (IST)

The Ahmedabad district collector has rejected as "baseless" Patidar leader Hardik Patel's allegations that an Ahmedabad company hired 140 engineers are hired to hack 5000 EVMs. 

"These are baseless allegations. I don't think any clarification is needed. Even if any clarification is to be issued, it will be issued by EC," Avantika Singh, Ahmedabad district collector told ANI.

Hardik Patel had tweeted: An Ahmedabad company has hired 140 software engineers to hack the source code of 5000 EVM machines.


The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener also alleged that there had been an attempt to tamper with EVMs in the Patel and tribal assembly constituencies. He added that if ATMs could be hacked, there was no reason why EVMs couldn't be.




On Saturday Hardik Patel had questioned the Supreme Court's decision to reject Congress' plea seeking cross-verification of Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trails with votes cast with Electronic Voting Machines.

He also said if EVMs were not tampered with then the exit polls' results, which showed Bharatiya Janata Party's victory in the state polls, would be proven wrong.

"I think exit polls' results will be proven wrong. If EVMs do not malfunction then BJP will lose the election. I have 100 percent doubt on EVMs," he had said.

Hardik Patel along with Patidar leaders Alpesh Thakore and Jignesh Mewani have challenged the ruling BJP government in the state in the recently-concluded assembly elections.

The results of the elections will be declared tomorrow.