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2172 Tue 21 Mar 2017 LESSON EVMs A threat to democracy- what is E-Filing? Whether this E-Filing process is a user friendly programme?
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2172 Tue 21 Mar 2017 LESSON

EVMs A threat to democracy

what is E-Filing? Whether this E-Filing process is a user friendly programme?


E-Filing is Electronic filing of matters in the Registry of Supreme Court of India. Yes, E-Filing is a user friendly
programme prepared by National Informatics Centre.


The Registrar,
Supreme Court of India,
Tilak Marg,
New Delhi-110 001 (India)
PABX NOS.23388922-24,23388942-44,
FAX NOS.23381508,23381584,23384336/23384533/23384447
supremecourt@nic.in


what is the benefit of E-Filing facility ?


Through E-Filing facilitates any
Advocate-on-record (in the Supreme Court of India) or
Petitioner-in-person can file his/her matter through internet facility,
sitting anywhere in the world. It does not require any person to come at the filing Counter in the Registry of the Supreme Court of India for just filing his/her matter.

Prequalification - you must have prepared the Petition offline. The steps required for E-Filing process are:

1. Login: For login you need User ID and Password. (Advocate on record are provided ID and password from the Registry. Petitioner-in-person has to create his ID and Password by submitting his/her Identity proof.

http://citizencentre.virtualpune.com/html/supreme-court.shtml
Virtual Pune

 E-FILING by Supreme Court of India


The Supreme Court of India has introduced E-FILING. Now you can file a case in the Supreme Court through the internet and also avail of the following services:

what are the procedures/ steps required to be taken for E-Filing process ?


https://in.news.yahoo.com/google-denies-fixing-indian-lok-sabha-elections-105557389.html

‘FIXING’ Indian Lok Sabha elections

Computer
Business Review appeared more certain with the “How Google
search results are influencing elections” headline for its version of
the story, the Guardian reported.”…. if Google changed its course, it
would undermine people’s trust in its results and company.”

A press release put out on 13 May by the American Institute for
Behavioral Research and Technology, an independent research organisation
based in California created a furore around the topic when it released a
report headlined “Could Google have fixed the Lok Sabha elections? A
landmark new study in India shows it’s possible,” the report added.
(ANI)

Let us appeal to the Computer Business Review and the American Institute for
Behavioral Research and Technology, an independent research organisation
based in California to review and research on the following technology:

Napolean had once said that “I can face two
battalions but not two scribes”. Scribes are aware that the Supreme
Court had directed that all the EVMs must be replaced with TAMPER PROOF
machines. But the CEC had not bothered tto replace all the EVMs and went
for Lok Sabha elections. Napoleans suggested scribes have to do some
investigative journalism and expose the CEC to save this MURDER of
DEMOCRACY and STOP

‘fixing’ Indian Lok Sabha elections

SUB:An Appeal to do research on all Electronic
Voting Machines those were to be replaced with Tamper proof machines as
per the directives of Supreme court of India

Appeal
to the Computer Business Review and the American Institute for
Behavioral Research and Technology, an independent research organisation
based in California to review and research on the following technology:

Napolean
had once said that “I can face two battalions but not two scribes”.
Scribes are aware that the Supreme Court had directed that all the EVMs
must be replaced with TAMPER PROOF machines. But the CEC had not
bothered tto replace all the EVMs and went for Lok Sabha elections.
Napoleans suggested scribes have to do some investigative journalism and
expose the CEC to save this MURDER of DEMOCRACY and STOP
‘fixing’ Indian Lok Sabha elections.

With reference to

https://in.news.yahoo.com/google-denies-fixing-indian-lok-sabha-elections-105557389.html
‘FIXING’ Indian Lok Sabha elections

Computer
Business Review appeared more certain with the “How Google search
results are influencing elections” headline for its version of the
story, the Guardian reported.”…. if Google changed its course, it
would undermine people’s trust in its results and company.”

A
press release put out on 13 May by the American Institute for Behavioral
Research and Technology, an independent research organisation based in
California created a furore around the topic when it released a report
headlined “Could Google have fixed the Lok Sabha elections? A landmark
new study in India shows it’s possible,” the report added. (ANI)

http://aibrt.org/index.php/about

The American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology
is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization based in Vista,
California, USA, which promotes and conducts research that has the
potential to increase the well-being and functioning of people worldwide. It currently has ongoing research projects in eleven
different topic areas.

Mission

The
mission of the American Institute for Behavioral Research and
Technology is to conduct, promote, and advance research on behavior that has the potential to improve the human condition, to develop possible
applications of such research, and to educate the public about both this
research and its applications. It pursues this mission by conducting
relevant research, presenting such research at scientific conferences,
publishing reports of such research in both scientific and popular
publications, developing possible applications of such research and
presenting and publishing reports of such applications, and keeping the
public informed about relevant research and applications through classes, workshops, Internet activities, videos, and a variety of other
publishing and media activities.

http://mattersindia.com/google-search-threatens-democracy-study/

Matters India


Google Search threatens democracy: Study 


https://www.facebook.com/cbronline

https://in.news.yahoo.com/google-denies-fixing-indian-lok-sabha-elections-105557389.html
‘FIXING’ Indian Lok Sabha elections

Computer Business Review appeared more certain with the “How Google search results are influencing elections” headline for its version of the story, the Guardian reported.”…. if Google changed its course, it would undermine people’s trust in its results and company.”

A press release put out on 13 May by the American Institute for
Behavioral Research and Technology, an independent research organisation
based in California created a furore around the topic when it released a
report headlined “Could Google have fixed the Lok Sabha elections? A landmark new study in India shows it’s possible,” the report added. (ANI)


http://mattersindia.com/google-search-threatens-democracy-study/ Google Search threatens democracy: Study
Published: 9:31 am, May 15, 2014 Story By: mattersindia.com


A threat to democracy


Washington:


As India eagerly awaits the outcome of the just concluded general
elections, a study by an American institute says the real threat to
democracy comes from an unexpected corner: Google Search.

Google
search results can pose a real threat to democracy as it could swing a
close election by influencing the voting preferences of undecided
voters, wars the American Institute for Behavioral Research and
Technology in California that studied more than 2,000 undecided voters
throughout India.

The study conducted in recent weeks suggests that Google has the power to fix elections “without anyone being the wiser.”


This is possible because of the power that search rankings have on people’s opinions, the researchers said.

Studies
show that the higher the rank, the more people trust the result, which
is why companies are spending billions now to push their products
higher.

“So could highly-ranked search results that make
Arvind Kejriwal look better than Narendra Modi drive votes to Kejriwal?”
the researchers set out to determine, The Times of India reported.

In
research conducted last year in the US, researchers found that search
rankings biased in favor of a candidate could push the preferences of
undecided voters towards that candidate by 15 percent or more.

The
researchers have shown that votes can easily be pushed toward one
candidate or another by about 12 percent — double that amount in some
demographic groups — enough to determine the outcomes of many close
races.

“This is a very serious matter — a real threat to
democracy,” said Dr Robert Epstein, lead researcher in the study and
Senior Research Psychologist at the American institute.

“If two candidates were both trying to push their rankings higher, they would be competing, and that’s fine. But if
Google, which has a monopoly on search in India, were to favor one
candidate, it could easily put that candidate in office by manipulating
search rankings, and no one could counter what they were doing.

“Even
if without human intervention the company’s search algorithm favored
one candidate, thousands of votes would still be driven to that
candidate,” said Epstein.

In the new study, participants were
randomly assigned to groups in which search rankings favored either
Kejriwal, Rahul Gandhi, or Modi.

Real search rankings and web
pages were used, and people were asked to research all the candidates
just as they would on Google. The only difference between the groups was
the order in which the search results were displayed.

The new
study suggests that biased search rankings can be used to fix the
outcome of races in India in which the winner is projected to win by a
margin up to 2.9 percent.

This can be done just by influencing
undecided voters who use the internet — a small but important group of
voters that is sure to grow in coming years, researchers said.

Worldwide, the researchers said, upwards of 25 percent of national elections are won by margins under 3 percent.

The study also shows that certain demographic groups are especially vulnerable.

The
voting preferences of 19 percent of women over 35 were shifted in the
study, as were the voting preferences of 18 percent of voters who were
unemployed.

“Of particular concern is the fact that 99 percent of
the people in our study seemed to be unaware that the search rankings
they saw were biased. That means Google has the power to manipulate
elections without anyone suspecting they’re doing so,” said Epstein.

“To
prevent undue influence, election-related search rankings need to be
regulated and monitored, as well as subjected to equal-time rules,”
Epstein said.

I, Nostradamus! — Predicting the Outcome of the May 2014 General Elections in Indool’s Paradise. Hacke hay in May!

Over a billion cuckoos cackle, cry and crap in India.

It is a nation where intelligence rules in closed
quarters, idiocy in the open. Just like the open toilets under the
benign gaze of Mother Nature — there are more cell phones than toilets
in India, a survey reports. Oh! the average Indian retorts — and, then,
goes on to do “business” as usual, sitting on the haunches, as
sorry-assed as before — or sorts.

We are an indifferent, intelligently inclined
idiocy — oops! democracy, We make gods out of mud, then, prostrating
before them, we remain, as before, a dud. And, some times, in the name
of our fancied little god and his glory, my
motherland’s favorite sons also kill each other, with the deep ingrained
vigor of all our bestial ancestry, and like a whiff of wind are
gone — dead.

Lest it becomes confusing, let’s say it as it is — we
Indians, like every other human being, are truly one really, really
queer kin of apes. In some fields, ahead of others and beyond compare;
in other areas, we are as silly and supercilious as a bull-hounded mare.
In a nutshell, Indians, at least in the loftier mystical and evolved
spiritual circles “get” some things well — like higher
metaphysics — while failing miserably, simplistically, in simple,
elementary physics.

After all, who in one’s right
mind would yet allow the use of absolutely antiquated, completely
out-dated, easily hack-able and highly tamper-able “high school technology” based, obsolete EVMs (electronic
voting machines) in national elections, even now — in 2014?

More than 80 democracies in the world have simply
done away with them, dumping them in the trash, or simply declared the
usage of this simplistic voting system susceptible to fraud, and hence
declaring the same as illegal — as the Supreme Courts of Germany and
Holland indeed have done. Even Japan, from where EVMs originated, has
long abandoned its rogue babies, and is using paper ballot system since
then. All the advanced democracies in the West, except the most
dull-headed ones, have reverted to a voter verifiable system or the ballot paper. In Canada, even at the ,most basic school level, ballot paper voting is in use.

Last year, the Supreme Court of India, having been
convinced of an undeniable, edible possibility of EVMs getting tampered
with and that easily hacked — even from afar — had ordered the imbecilic
Election Commission and the indolent Government of India to provide
about 1600 crore (1600, 0000000) rupees — convert this into your
respective
currency! — for manufacturing these VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit
Trail) voting machines; which show a verifiable paper receipt to the
voter.

This is the Fundamental Right of a citizen of India, as
per the laws laid down by the Constitution. However, recent newspaper
reports tell us that only 20, 000 such voting machines have been
provided for the entire country in this, 2014 election! India has 29
states now — with Telagana being the latest. In most of them, depending
upon their size etc., either about 400 VVPAT machines are being
deployed, or some such similar ridiculous number — more or less — has
been made available in the length and breadth of the country. It’s an
asinine, bland, cruel, demeaning joke we 1.25 billion jokers have been
“blessed” with by the powers that be.

All “patriotic” hackers of our motherland are going to make hay in May 2014 and Uttar Pradesh Assembly Mar 2017!

As to how EVMs can be hacked into, tampered with, and
results favorably manipulated via software interference and other
means — from near and from far, far away — this can easily be found by
anybody by just going to Google etc. and filling “EVM HACKING, TAMPERING” or something to this effect in the Search. And lo, behold! a plethora of
information will just overwhelm your overly chilled-out, lesser employed, un-billed brains.

However, the only solace for us
naive fools is that quite a few unscrupulous politicians and every other
most “honorable” political party worthy of its “salt”, would surely be
playing this comic-tragic game of hacking into and hijacking the votes
of a billion people! Thus, one who outsmarts the other such fine folks, armed with their hacking forks in this merry-go-around, will win.

The rest — this or that “tsunami” or wave in favor of
one or the other, poll forecasts and the “newbie”, the over enthused,
seeming game changers in the making — well, they may well fall flat on
their dumb faces, if not on their smart asses.

That the Supreme Court of India too, while passing the
order of putting new VVAT voting machines in use in a “phased manner”,
has unwittingly shirked its duty. In fact, it committed a grave error of
judgment. Perhaps dealt a fatal blow to
Indian democracy. It should have ordered, as a caution, that till the
time this newer set of about 1300ooo voting machines is manufactured in
full and so deployed throughout India, ballot paper system would be
brought in. No such precautionary measure was decreed by the apex court.

Well, crib all you want. But don’t cry, my dear
countrymen. After all, the same model of EVMs is yet very much in use in
South Africa, Bangla Desh, Bhutan, Nepal, Nigeria, Venezuela etc. These
poor folks of the said “non-techy” countries — millions of them — too
cannot figure out as to what the hell had, yet is happening, in their
dear short-circuited “developed” democracies. Nor will you.

Don’t worry, be happy! You are not alone “out there”.

Oh, by the way, the somewhat notorious lawyer who had
brought in this case — of the present lot of EVMs being tamper-able and
hack-able — and, who, had successfully fought it so, forcing the Supreme
Court to order the installation of a fail-safe voting mechanism (of
Voter Verifiable Paper Audit machines replacing the susceptible earlier
Electronic Voting Machines) to ensure a free and fair electoral process
in India — well, this oh-so-very honorable fellow too has fallen silent,
like a demure maiden. This most vociferous gentleman had openly
declared on social websites, especially Twitter, that in case VVPAT
machines do not get installed in time for 2014 elections, then, there
would be a “constitutional crisis” — putting it out there like an Indian
“pehalwan”, a la WWW wrestler, that he would challenge the same in the
apex court. He had most emphatically underlined he would ensure that
either the new fail-safe voting machines or the old time-tested paper
ballot system will be put in use during this general election in India.

However, recently, when asked specifically on Twitter
about this matter — as to what this lovely man is doing or is going to
do about this impending doomsday electoral scenario — there was a
deafening silence from his side. May be owing to the fact that since the
Supreme Court judgement late last year, this self-righteous rightist
has joined
the ultra-rightist political bandwagon.

The latter has been projected by pollsters to
overwhelmingly sweep these elections — as a direct result of the doings
of the monstrous public relations firm hired from the land of the
let-it-be, oops! free. This US firm is the same that was used
fruitfully by President Bush and Hillary Clinton for their respective
political campaigns. It has — let there be no doubt about it — successfully projected its client as the potential winner and the next numero uno in Indian politics.

What the majority of the Indians have missed in fine
print is that the outgoing Chief Minister of the state of Rajasthan, in
the last year elections, had officially filed a complaint with the
election commission that the EVMs used in his state were pre-programmed
and tampered with — and that the same had come from the state of which
this presently
hyped-up future Prime Minister of India, is the current Chief Minister.

Now, the lawyer who had gone to the dogs to awaken India and the rest
of the world about the mischief and malfeasance possible with the old
model of EVMs — and had in fact written a book on this subject — is in a
wink-wink deep-throat “smadhi”. A silence that speaks truths we dumb
billion idiots on this part of slippery earth cannot fathom. Perhaps
it’s a precursor of the things to come.

Let us hope the jolly good hackers of this-that party
screw-up each other’s devilish, outright evil plans. In a dog eat dog
political crap pit we hapless billion creatures have to walk through
every election, maybe this time the ape sitting by the side — the
wide-eyed hopeful citizen of India — at least gets a tiny part of the
apple pie this messy hacking cat fight will leave behind, on the side
lanes. Perhaps these little crumbs will be enough for us to stay afloat.
though not gloat.

In a nutshell, simply put, whosoever “out-hacks” the other, will win.

Then again, we are an ancient civilization of more than
33, 0000000 gods and goddesses — some civilized, others not so civil.
Let’s hope one of these fancied deities has a soft corner for us dumbos.
Otherwise, we are going to get screwed. A billion times over.

Therefore, I made doubly sure I did not vote. I sat on
my ass on voting day — not that I don’t do so everyday. This voting day,
I absolutely did. Not only figuratively and metaphorically, but
literally. I may have many buts in life, but at least today I have a
little sore, yet not so sorry a butt.

We are a fool’s paradise.

Long live the banana republic of India!

 

[The officer pressed the button number 4, but the slip that came out

was of number 2 (BJP). As everyone around started laughing. The

administrative officials who were present were shocked as journalists

had been specially called to witness the use of VVPAT (Voter Verified

Paper Audit Trail) during elections.]



http://www.newsbits.in/evm-scandal-in-madhya-pradesh-vvpat-receipt-shows-vote-going-to-bjp-irrespective-of-button-pressed



EVM scandal in Madhya Pradesh: VVPAT receipt shows vote going to BJP

irrespective of button pressed



Correspondent



NewsBits.in



BHOPAL: Controversy erupted in Madhya Pradesh on Friday during a demo

of the Electronic Voting Machine in Bhind, where Assembly byelection

is scheduled next week [another report says, it’s April 13:

].



The voters would receive VVPAT slip, which would be an acknowledgment

receipt–the party they voted for, in the election.



However, during the demonstration, the receipt showed vote going to

BJP irrespective of button pressed.



This startled the officials. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Madhya

Pradesh, Saleena Singh was seen telling journalists, apparently in

jest, that this news should not appear in the newspapers, else they

would be detained at the police station.



[Video: EVM scandal MP: Press any button, VVPAT receipt shows BJP]



***The officer pressed the button number 4, but the slip that came out

was of number 2 (BJP). As everyone around started laughing. The

administrative officials who were present were shocked as journalists

had been specially called to witness the use of VVPAT (Voter Verified

Paper Audit Trail) during elections.*** [Emphasis added.]



The demo was organised ahead of the upcoming Assembly byelections in

Madhya Pradesh. The polls are to be held at Ater in Bhind and

Bandhavgarh assembly constituencies in the State.



A video clip of the incident went viral later in the evening.

Political parties have raised a hue and cry over the issue. Congress

leaders said that they would approach EC authorities in this regard.

Already, Opposition parties are questioning the fairness of EVM and

suspect that it can be hacked.



Published on April 01, 2017





Peace Is Doable

 

[In the wake of the Bhind scandal, the use of VVPATs, with proper

reporting and monitoring systems, must be made mandatory for all

coming polls.



But going back to old style ballot boxes would be just self-defeating.

(See, e.g.: .)]



I/II.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/madhya-pradesh-government-shunts-out-bhind-dm-sp-after-evm-row/articleshow/57968571.cms



Madhya Pradesh government shunts out Bhind DM, SP after EVM row



TNN | Apr 2, 2017, 04.15 AM IST



HIGHLIGHTS

Madhya Pradesh government removed the district collector and the SP

and initiated action against 19 others in EVM row

Kejriwal met chief election commissioner earlier in the day and

demanded that paper ballot enabled EVMs be used for elections



BHOPAL/NEW DELHI: A day after a controversial video of a dummy test of

an electronic voting machine (EVM) in Bhind ahead of a byelection

there went viral on social media, the Madhya Pradesh government on

Saturday removed the district collector and the SP and initiated

action against 19 others.



The Madhya Pradesh government’s action came even as Delhi chief

minister Arvind Kejriwal met chief election commissioner Naseem Zaidi

earlier in the day and demanded that paper ballot enabled EVMs be used

for elections henceforth. Kejriwal also raised questions over the

upcoming MCD polls in which over 12,000 EVMs will be used.



The Bhind video reportedly shows the voter verifiable paper audit

trail leading to slips bearing only the ruling BJP’s lotus symbol when

different buttons on the EVM are pressed. The video led to EC seeking

report from 21 officials in the Bhind district, where byelection in

the Ater seat is scheduled on April 9.



Congress and AAP staged protests demanding that chief electoral

officer (CEO) of Madhya Pradesh Shalina Singh be removed. “We have

sought report from the chief secretary regarding the officials,”

Election Commissioner OP Rawat told TOI. Kejriwal demanded that every

single EVM must be checked henceforth.



Top Comment



So this is what Congress, RJD and AAP did to win landslide elections

earlier! Excellent we shall investigate every one of these useless

parties from the day of their first win.

elephantisland



“If some EVMs can be faulty, many others may also be tampered with.

These reports are shocking and raise doubts about the essence of

democracy in this country. This means that if this continues, no

matter who people vote for, the lotus will bloom out of the muck of

EVMs,” he said, adding that no checking was done to find the fault in

EVMs in Assam and MP. “Who is changing the software and how is not

being checked,” he said.



The video has set off a debate over EVMs. After the BSP’s rout in UP

assembly polls, party chief Mayawati had demanded fresh polls in the

state alleging that EVMs were tampered with in the state. Kejriwal had

also raised doubts over EVMs after AAP failed to win the Punjab polls.

Raising questions about the machines, he said it could be that some

machines are faulty. “But how is it that all faulty machines only

register votes in favour of BJP?” RJD chief Lalu Prasad too demanded a

probe.



II.

http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31808&articlexml=EC-deploys-teams-to-ensure-correct-functioning-of-02042017015037



Apr 02 2017 : The Times of India (Delhi)



EC deploys teams to ensure correct functioning of EVMs

New Delhi:

TIMES NEWS NEWORK



Takes Step After Cong Cries Foul Over Tampering



The Election Commission has decided to depute two teams of officers

along with technical experts to ensure correct functioning of EVMs and

voter verified paper audit trail being deployed in two assembly

constituencies in Madhya Pradesh where bypolls are due.



The EC announced its decision after a Congress delegation met it and

pointed to reports of EVM tampering in Madhya Pradesh. The measures

announced seem an effort to end doubts raised by Congress and AAP over

the reliability of EVMs. The EC had previously issued an note

explaining the security measures that make EVMs more reliable than

other methods.



The steps have been taken with respect to Ater and Bandhavgarh (ST)

assembly constituencies in MP. The EC said in a note that Congress

delegation demanded the commission ensure free and fair election and

absolute neutrality of officers.



“The commission has decided to depute a team of high level officers

led by Bhanwar Lal, CEO Andhra Pradesh (Chief secretary level

officer), to supervise the byeelections in MP. The team will also

include R K Srivastava, senior principal secretary and Varinder Kumar,

principal secretary. These teams of senior officers will supervise

implementation of all administrative and security instructions of the

ECI for the conduct of elections,“ the EC said.



“The integrity of EVMs and VVPATs to be used in the poll will be

demonstrated to the complete satisfaction of all stakeholders by the

team. These teams will remain in the Assembly Constituency till the

counting is over,“ the EC said.



The commission is committed to conduct entire electoral process

transparently , fairly and to the complete satisfaction of

stakeholders including esteemed voters.EC will always hear and redress

genuine and credible suggestions from stakeholders, the commission

said.



`Use ballot papers from next polls’



Congress over raised fresh questions on Saturday the credibility of

electronic voting machines, asking the EC to restore trust in EVMs or

revert to the system of ballot papers, citing reports about alleged

tampering of machines in Madhya Pradesh. A delegation of Congress

members petitioned the EC, saying reports from Bhind -where machines

were allegedly found to be registering a vote for BJP even when

pressed in favour of another party –are “shocking“. “The next

elections, be it in Gujarat or elsewhere, should be held with ballot

papers and the use of EVMs be stopped,“ party neta Digvijaya Singh

said.











Peace Is Doable

 

[While all the rosy claims in favour of the EVMs, in the article at

sl. no. I below, may just not hold, I, for one, do consider that under

Indian circumstances the EVMs are decidedly a significant improvement

over the earlier ballot boxes.



But then, having already given an undertaking before the Supreme

Court, given the misgivings and apprehensions as regards the EVMs, the

EC must ensure that the VVPAT system is fully implemented at least by

the next general election in 2019.



Intriguingly enough, the Union Government is apparently holding back

the required funds to sabotage the process, as the report at sl. II

below makes out.]



I/II.

http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Swaminomics/without-evms-maya-may-have-got-fewer-votes/



Without EVMs, Maya may have got fewer votes



March 19, 2017, 2:24 AM IST SA Aiyar in Swaminomics | India | TOI



Mayawati says rigged electronic voting machines (EVMs) caused her

massive defeat in the UP election. The Election Commission says EVMs

are tamper-proof. A new Brookings research study by Shamika Ravi,

Sisir Debnath and Mudit Kapoor goes much further. It shows that EVMs

have hugely reduced rigging and crime rates, while improving the

participation of vulnerable groups.



In the late 1980s, booth-capturing was common, especially in north

India. Armed gangs seized booths and stuffed ballot boxes. Presiding

officers were so intimidated by gangs that they feared even reporting

a capture. The ruling party manipulated the polling process and police

deployment to aid its own gangs. This threatened the very fundamentals

of democracy.



In 1991, T N Seshan became Election Commissioner. He declared he would

henceforth control police deployment and the phasing of polls. He

brought in para-military forces and officials from outside states to

ensure fair polling.



These steps towards clean elections were followed by the introduction

of EVMs in 1998 in 16 constituencies as an experiment. EVM use was

gradually extended to more and more states, and finally became the

national norm after 2002.



EVMs run on alkaline batteries and so are not vulnerable to power

cuts. They are designed to register a maximum of five votes per

minute. This means it will take far longer for booth capturers to

stuff EVMs than traditional ballot boxes, increasing the time for an

alarm to be sounded. EVMs also have a button which, when pressed,

stops all electronic voting. If a booth capture is attempted, the

presiding officer can press this button and make electronic stuffing

impossible.



FAIR OR FOUL? Studies show that EVMs have helped cleanse politics, cut

crime, and embolden vulnerable groups to vote.



These features, along with the spread of CCTV cameras and cellphones,

made successful booth capture almost impossible. The need for

repolling in violence-affected booths has fallen dramatically.



EVMs were first introduced only in some constituencies while others

had paper ballots, so the researchers could compare outcomes in the

two sorts of voting. The most striking outcome was a fall of 3.5% in

recorded voter turnout in EVM constituencies compared with

conventional ones, evidence of reduced stuffing. The fall was sharpest

in the most gang-ridden, misgoverned states of north India.



A welcome though unexpected outcome was a sharp fall in the overall

crime rate, especially of murder and rape, after EVMs were introduced.

The effect was greatest in the gang-ridden states. Earlier, all

parties needed gangs to do their dirty work, and the protection they

extended to such gangs naturally led to more crime. But EVMs reduced

the political need for, and hence protection given to, such gangs. So,

the impact of EVMs went far beyond elections to public safety and

reduced criminality, a huge bonus.



The researchers also analysed post-poll surveys done before counting

began, to capture voter views on security in voting. In one CSDS

survey, more than 96% of people said the new system was better.

Vulnerable groups — Dalits, tribals and women — said they felt much

safer and more emboldened to come out and vote after the introduction

of EVMs. The power of gangs and dominant castes to intimidate such

groups had fallen, a welcome blow for greater, fairer participation.



When paper ballots were used, some were rejected for faulty filling or

incompleteness. This hurt poor illiterates, who were most likely to

bungle their ballots. EVMs have ended the problem of rejected and

faulty ballots.



Some other claims made by the researchers sound a bit of a stretch,

and may require further research for confirmation. For instance, they

find that the likelihood of an incumbent being re-elected fell after

EVMs were introduced. Does this really prove that, before EVMs, chief

ministers were better able to control booth capturing and improve

their chances of re-election? More rigorous research is required to

establish this.



The researchers also find a correlation between the use of EVMs and

increased electricity supply in subsequent years. This too may require

further confirmatory research.



***There remain legitimate fears that hackers can get into voting

systems and manipulate them. No evidence of such manipulation has come

to light, in India or any other countries using electronic voting. But

eternal vigilance is needed on this front. The Election Commission of

India has promised to introduce a paper trail for EVMs by 2019,

enabling it to check whether any electronic manipulation has

occurred.***



In sum, EVMs deserve three cheers for reducing ballot stuffing and

crime rates, and improving minority participation in voting. Without

EVMs, Mayawati may have got fewer votes, not more.



(The writer’s new book ‘From Narasimha Rao to Narendra Modi’ is being

published by Times Books)



II.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/letters-for-2-years-sos-to-pm-ec-still-awaits-evm-papertrail-funds-4575546/



Letters for 2 years, SOS to PM, Election Commission still awaits EVM

papertrail funds

VVPAT machines produce a printout of the vote cast using an EVM, which

can be shown to the voter to dispel any doubts.



Written by Ritika Chopra | New Delhi | Published:March 19, 2017 5:41 am



***IN A letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi four months ago, the

Election Commission sought urgent release of funds to procure enough

Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines to cover all polling

stations ahead of the next Lok Sabha elections in 2019. The EC has

sent over 10 reminders to the government on the matter, since June

2014, and the letter to Modi by Chief Election Commissioner Nasim

Zaidi, on October 25, 2016, was an SOS of sorts. The CEC very rarely

writes directly to the PM, with its communication to the government on

electoral matters normally limited to Law and Home ministries.***



[Video: EVM Issue: Machines Can’t Be Tampered With, Says Former

Advisor To Election Commission]



Several parties, including the BSP, Samajwadi Party and Aam Aadmi

Party, have raised doubts about tampering of EVMs following the Uttar

Pradesh and Uttarakhand results. Before the 2014 general elections,

the BJP had talked of EVM tampering on many occasions.



VVPAT machines produce a printout of the vote cast using an EVM, which

can be shown to the voter to dispel any doubts. This printout is then

deposited in a box and can be used to resolve any dispute regarding

the election. In 2013, the Supreme Court had ordered the EC to

implement the VVPAT system in a phased manner, and the commission had

committed to have it in place by the time of the 2019 general

elections.



The EC has been writing to the Law Ministry (its parent ministry) for

funds to purchase approximately 16 lakh VVPATs, for which it needs Rs

3,100 crore.



In his letter to Modi, Zaidi wrote, “I’m writing to draw your kind

attention to the crisis that may occur during the next General

Election to Lok Sabha in 2019, if required numbers of replacement

Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and new Voter Verified Paper Audit

Trail (VVPAT) are not produced in time by Bharat Electronics Limited

(BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), the two

defence PSUs.”



He further wrote, “I would like to bring to your notice that

Commission submitted its first proposal to the government of India in

Ministry of Law & Justice on 16th June, 2014 for the required budget

and sanction for EVMs and VVPATs and has pursued the matter

continuously since then.



“There are already two contempt petitions against me and the

Commission being heard by Hon’ble Supreme Court for not deploying

VVPATs in adequate number. The production of VVPAT is held up for want

of sanction of funds. Hence I would request your good self to kindly

look into the matter and advise concerned ministries for release of

necessary funds & sanctions for VVPAT most urgently.”



The Sunday Express has learnt that on July 20, 2016, the Union Cabinet

had at a meeting considered the procurement of VVPATs, but it was

decided that the EC should be asked to explore the feasibility of

roping in private manufacturers as BEL and ECIL have limited capacity.



The EC later turned down the suggestion citing “sensitivity of the

job”. In December 2016, the poll panel recommended two other PSUs,

namely Indian Telecom Industry in Bangalore and Central Electronics

limited in Ghaziabad, to enhance production capacity.

On January 10, 2017, Zaidi wrote to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad,

warning that if orders for VVPATs were not placed by February,

manufacturers would not be able to supply the machines by September

2018.



During a recent hearing on the contempt petition against the CEC on

the matter, the EC told the Supreme Court that it needed 30 months to

procure close to 16 lakh paper trail machines. This means that unless

it ropes in more manufacturers, the poll panel would miss the 2019

deadline to equip all polling stations with VVPATs.



Following the results in Uttar Pradesh, BSP chief Mayawati, who was

decimated in the elections, sought a repoll with paper ballots. AAP

leader Arvind Kejriwal later blamed his party’s loss in Punjab on EVM

tampering and asked the EC to tally his party’s EVM votes with the

VVPATs installed across 30 seats. The Congress’s losing Uttarakhand

CM, Harish Rawat, too has attributed the BJP’s victory to “EVM

chamatkar (EVM magic)”.



While the EC has rejected all such allegations and reaffirmed its

faith in EVMs, in an interview to NDTV news channel on Friday, Zaidi

acknowledged that VVPATs would be a “game changer”, which would

“double and treble the voter’s confidence in EVMs”.



The poll panel needs 16,15,066 VVPATs by 2019, when the Lok Sabha

elections would be held simultaneously with state elections in Andhra

Pradesh, Telangana, Sikkim, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and

Haryana. One machine costs Rs 19,650. The poll panel already has about

20,000 units and has placed order for another 67,000 VVPATs, of which

half have been delivered.





Peace Is Doable

[Maurya, a former VHP man, has 11 criminal cases against him,

including those of murder, rioting and arson.]



http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/UP-BJP-chief-under-fire-for-criminal-record/articleshow/51758185.cms



UP BJP chief under fire for ‘criminal record’



Uday Rana | TNN | Apr 9, 2016, 09.17 PM IST



MEERUT: The appointment of Phulpur MP Keshav Prasad Maurya as the

president of Uttar Pradesh unit of the BJP has ruffled many feathers

in the state politics. Both insiders and outsiders have raised

questions about his chequered past - ***Maurya, a former VHP man, has

11 criminal cases against him, including those of murder, rioting and

arson*** [emphasis added].



Party insiders feel his appointment may send a wrong message among

workers who have been asked to spread awareness among people about the

party’s fight against corruption. Maurya had himself declared the

criminal cases against him in his affidavit to the election commission

during the Lok Sabha polls in 2014, which he won from Phulpur.



Defending his position, Maurya told TOI, “Most of the cases against me

are related to protest movements that I led. Everything I did was for

the people. The cases against me are politically motivated. It doesn’t

matter what sections I was booked under. Besides, a lot of water has

flown in the Ganga since many of these cases were imposed against me.

In many cases, I have even received a clean chit.”



He added, “The reason I was booked under such harsh sections was

because the government of the day has always been our political

opponent. Some cases were filed against me when the SP was in power

and others when BSP was in power. We are more committed than ever to

end Gundaraj in UP. We will convert Uttar Pradesh into Uttam Pradesh.

We will do this by coming to power in 2017.”



The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday asked the BJP

how they plan to end the Samawadi Party’s ‘Gundaraj’ in UP when their

own state president is accused of murder.



All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary and west UP in-charge

Naseeb Singh lashed out at the BJP’s choice, saying, “The PM had said

that he would remove all people with a criminal history but his

right-hand man and party president Amit Shah still has several serious

cases against him. It is no wonder that Shah chose a man with a

tainted record to lead the party in Uttar Pradesh. We can’t expect

good politics from such people.

It seems that in BJP, a bigger case against someone means that there

is a bigger chance of them succeeding. The fact that Keshav Prasad

Maurya also has the image of being a Hindutva hardliner proves that

BJP has no real issues to fight. They only want to polarize society in

their bid to grab power.”



The AAP also stepped up its attack on Maurya with party leader Ashish

Khetan tweeting, “New UP BJP chief has only 10 crime cases. Just one

murder. Rest are of conspiracy & riot. Venkaiah was right. Modi is

God’s gift to India.” Sudhir Bhardwaj, AAP state secretary, said,

“Before becoming PM, Narendra Modi talked of a crime-free India. They

say they want to end the SP’s Gundaraj in UP. However, now the BJP has

appointed a man accused of murder as their party chief in the state.”



Latest Comment



Criminal record is like degree certificate in BJP’s political university !

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Former party leader Prashant Bhushan also tweeted saying, “A Chaiwala

with 10 Criminal cases & serially corrupt CM/godfather of Reddy Bros

for UP & Karnataka chosen to head BJP!”



For many within the BJP, however, Maurya’s image of a Hindutva

firebrand works well for the party. “He is a street-fighter. He will

consolidate the Hindu vote for us. The problem with Laxmikant Bajpai,

his predecessor, was that he only gave statements from afar and never

came to the ground. For people in western UP, where communal clashes

are an everyday experience, a leader who is willing to take to the

streets will be a welcome change. He is the right choice for the

party,” said a source in the BJP.





Peace Is Doable

 

[Adityanath’s template of communalism is Gujarat. Cries of “UP will

also become Gujarat” are common at his rallies.]



https://video.scroll.in/832182/watch-this-documentary-explains-how-up-cm-adityanath-used-communal-poison-to-build-his-politics



COMMUNAL POLITICS



Watch: UP CM Adityanath used communal poison to build his politics and

this documentary shows how

Adityanath has used a virulent brand of Hindutva to build his career.



Yesterday · 10:25 pm.

Scroll Staff



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After the Bharatiya Janata Party’s sweeping win in the Uttar Pradesh

Assembly elections, it has at last announced its chief minister: Yogi

Adityanath. Head of the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur, Adityanath is

a Far Right leader known for building his politics on religious

polarisation.



How did Adityanath rise to become the chief minister of India’s most

populous state? This 2011 documentary by Rajiv Yadav, Shahanawaz Alam

and Lakshman Prashad explains Adityanath’s rise from a priest to one

of India’s most powerful politicians.



The film opens with a chilling threat. “If a single Hindu is killed,

we will not go to the authorities, but instead murder 10 people [in

return],” declaims Adityanath fiercely to a large crowd. “We will not

let any tazia processesions take palce inside Gorakhpur city. And

along with these tazias, we will also celebrate our Holi.”



Clearly, Adityanath is unconcerned with even sugar coating his

bigotry. His organisation the Hindu Yuva Vahini is driven by the same

ideology. At a Hindu Yuva Vahini meeting, speaking from the same stage

as Adityanath, a speaker digs even deeper into the violent pysche of

Hindutva: “At present what we need is to dig out the corpses of their

[Muslim] mothers and sisters and rape them.”



The Gujarat model

***Adityanath’s template of communalism is Gujarat. Cries of “UP will

also become Gujarat” are common at his rallies.*** [Emphasis added.]



Adityanath wants Muslims to bow to the Hindu majority. “If any

organisation refuses to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ or sing Vande

Mataram, like we smashed the Babri Masjid, we will smash it,” the

documentary shows Adityanath saying. A popular chant for BJP workers

in the area: “If you want to live in this area, you’ll have to take

the name of Yogi.”



The documentary points out that the Hindu Yuva Vahini was one of the

accused in the Mau communal riots of 2005. Adityanath was arrested for

causing communal violence – an act which led to more violence, with

his supports setting fire to a train.



His politics means he has changed the history of Gorakhpur to erase

all Muslim influences. Areas such as “Urdu Bazar” have been renamed to

“Hindi Bazar”, “Alinagar” to “Aryanagar” and “Miyan Bazar” to “Maya

Bazar”.



Hindutvaising lower castes

The documentary points out that while he has used his position as the

head priest of the Gorakhnath temple, his ideology goes against the

historical message of its founder. The temple was founded as a

reaction to Brahmanism and once was a multi-faith institution which

included both lower caste Hindus and Muslims.



In 1952, the head priest of the temple, Digvijay fought elections on a

Hindu Mahasabha ticket, effectively ending Muslim participation at the

temple. The institution’s lower caste character in turn was used to

introduce Dalits to Hindutva.



In effect, the Gorakhnath temple, by marrying lower caste mobilisation

and Hindutva provided a template for the massive BJP win in the 2017

Assembly election.





Peace Is Doable

 

[While Modi is rather well known for systematically sidelining people

who’re capable of taking their own stands, “good” or “evil”,

Adityanath very well belongs to that category.

That makes the “choice” all the more scary.



If Modi has opted to take such a high “risk”, even without any

apparent hint of compulsion, the “gain” that he’s driving at must be

that stunning big.]



I/II.

https://kafila.online/2017/03/18/a-leaf-from-the-illustrious-life-of-the-cm-designate-of-uttar-pradesh/



A leaf from the illustrious life of the CM designate of Uttar Pradesh



ON 18/03/2017 BY APOORVANANDIN BAD IDEAS



Account of a ten year old story : Helps you understand the CM designate of UP



What happened in the eastern Uttar Pradesh town was not a conflict but

violence unleashed by MP Yogi Adityanath and his henchmen



If one tries to understand the developments in Gorakhpur and its

neighbouring areas of eastern Uttar Pradesh (Poorvanchal) from January

26 to 31, 2007 through the eyes of the print and electronic media, one

moves further away from the truth. It is a sordid story of a highly

communalised media conjuring up a riot, collaborating with BJP MP Yogi

Adityanath, a Bal Thackeray clone and heir to the Gorakhnath Peeth

operating from the Gorakhnath temple. Adityanath is a BJP MP for

‘technical’ reasons and cares a damn for the niceties of party

discipline because he knows that the party cannot dissociate itself

from him. Though he mocked the party by holding a Vishwa Hindu Maha

Sammelan at the same time as the BJP’s National Council meet in

Lucknow, the party did not mind. It had earlier swallowed the defeat

of its candidate in the Assembly election by Adityanath’s candidate.

One should know that he is a Thakur; and a Thakur heads the BJP now .

The Thakur spread across party lines ensures that Adityanath is

allowed to have his own way in his fiefdom, i.e. Poorvanchal. He makes

it a point to give calls for a Gorakhpur bandh whenever the chief

minister visits the town.



Poorvanchal mein rahan hai to Yogi-Yogi kahan hoga (You have to chant

Yogi’s name if you want to live in Poorvanchal) is a slogan

popularised by his gang. But how true is the claim of his hold on

Gorakhpur, leave alone Poorvanchal? He has lost all local elections

held recently in and around Gorakhpur, and could only manage to lure

the relatively respected Samajwadi Party (SP) member and mayoral

candidate Anju Chaudhary to his side.



Apparently, Chaudhary fell a victim to the myth spun around him during

the last 15 years. Adityanath has been called the Yuvak Hindu Samrat,

Narendra Modi of Poorvanchal, the premier of the Hindu Rashtra of

Poorvanchal. He has used the wealth of the Gorakhnath Temple to

sustain his army of lumpen youth. Adityanath has followed the rss

methodology in creating organisations with different names that he

calls cultural bodies. Among these are Hindu Yuva Vahini, Sri Ram

Shakti Prakoshtha, Gorakhnath Purvanchal Vikas Manch, Hindu Mahasabha

and Vishwa Hindu Mahasangh. Adityanath himself is the main functionary

of these unregistered outfits. He also controls much of the

functioning of the Bajrang Dal and the Hindu Jagran Manch. He holds

his durbar in his temple that is attended by local police and

officials.



Adityanath has perfected his technique of manufacturing riots. An

insignificant incident like a Hindu’s clothes getting stained

accidentally by the paan spat by a Muslim is turned into an act of

humiliation of Hindus. A rape in which the victim is dalit and the

perpetrator Muslim is used to substantiate the allegation that

“Muslims rape our women” and all hell is let loose on the Muslims. The

last 11 years are witness to several such acts. No criminal case has

been registered against him except once in 1999 when a case was

registered against him in Maharajganj after the killing of the

official gunman accompanying sp leader Talat Aziz. The police and

administration have remained mute spectators with the political

leadership looking the other way. All this has given him an air of

invincibility. Muslims have been given to understand that neither the

Bahujan Samaj Party, nor the sp is willing to rein him in. Perhaps the

SP is seeking to counter Mayawati’s Brahmin card with its own Thakur

card by indulging him. The Congress is nowhere and also lacks a will

to take him on. All this leaves the Muslims here with no option but to

resign themselves to their fate.



This time, however, his plans went awry. On the night of January

26-27, Pankaj Rai, a history-sheeter, and his gang chased a dance

party performing at a marriage. They mingled with a Muharram

procession and the processionists thought that they were being

attacked. Suddenly a gunshot was heard, which the then administration

thinks was Rai’s act. As panic set in, more people — both Hindu and

Muslim — were beaten up and a young man, Raj Kumar Agrahari, was badly

injured and hospitalised. The District Magistrate (DM) was informed at

1.30am and he told officials to brief Adityanath that he should not

visit the site. Initially, the MP agreed. But as Agrahari died,

Adityanath declared that now he would go to the spot and seek revenge

for the killing of a Hindu by Muslims. He reached the spot with his

lumpen who destroyed a mazhar. He declared his resolve to ensure

justice for the Hindus, swords were flashed before the dm and senior

police officers. Short of policemen, the administration tried to

persuade the MP to vacate the place but he didn’t budge.



When the now-determined dm took the dagger away from a goon, they

charged towards him and demanded the dagger back. Upon this, the dm

ordered the police to disperse them by force. Suddenly the MP found

himself facing a situation that was not in the script. Afraid that the

lathis might find Adityanath, his well-wishers cried out for

compromise. The MP demanded that curfew be imposed and withdrew.

Though the dm didn’t think a curfew was required as the violence was

designed to disrupt Muharram, he agreed to the MP’s demand.



Later, however, Adityanath announced a torchlight procession. The

administration succeeded in preventing it from moving but it was

captured on camera and a non-procession was turned into one by the

willing media. Emboldened, he announced a Shraddhanjali Sabha the next

day at the town’s busiest crossroad. By this time, the dm had resolved

not to allow it any further as the police reinforcements were in. He

issued orders that no meeting was to be allowed and that any violator

was to be arrested. With unambiguous orders, the police moved.

Adityanath dismissed the warning as a hollow threat but landed in an

unforeseen situation. He and his ‘followers’ were taken to the police

line. Soon, a police van arrived and the detained people were asked to

board the jail-bound vehicle. Adityanath jumped into the bus,

declaring that he cannot leave his followers. To their surprise, the

bus started moving and they realised that they were in trouble. The

three-km journey to the jail took more than 90 minutes as his goons

pelted stones and every other means to block the van but to no avail.

For the first time in his life, Adityanath is jailed under Section

151A of the crpc only to find later that he has also been booked under

Sections 146, 147, 279, 506 of the Indian Penal Code for leading the

attack on the mazhar. On the strength of this fir, Adityanath is

remanded to 14-day judicial custody.



On January 29, his followers assembled at Gorakhnath Temple that falls

in an area where more than 50 percent of the population is Muslim.

They start hrowing stones and burning tyres in the direction of the

Muslim locality and on the road. But there is no retaliation from the

other side.



Dr Hari Om, the then dm in-charge, wishes to put it on record that not

a single incident of slogan-shouting or stone-pelting was resorted to

by Muslims. He wants the world to know that although much grieved by

the decision to impose curfew as it hampered Muharram, the Muslims,

led by the venerable Miyan saheb, assured the administration of all

cooperation as peace was more important and kept their word.

Meanwhile, the media kept screaming that Gorakhpur was burning, the

walls of the Gorakhnath Temple were demolished. Which, of course, was

a naked lie.



And all of a sudden, the dm was informed that he’s been shunted along

with the superintendent of police. As he moved away, Rashid, a Muslim

youth, was killed. It is a matter of discussion in Gorakhpur that it

was done by a Hindu Yuva Vahini man who injured himself to use it as a

cover. Newspapers flashed the pictures of the Yuva Vahini man’s

bandaged leg, obliterating the killing of Rashid altogether.



So where was the riot, as imagined by the interested media, asks Hari

Om. From January 27 to 29, Adityanath and his goons laid siege to

Gorakhpur without any provocation from Muslims. A mazhar was gutted,

masjids and shops of Muslims destroyed, government properties damaged

by the gangs, stone pelting on the police by his goons: do these make

a perfect riot? A riot involves some degree of involvement of two

warring groups. How is it that areas with substantial Muslim

population did not experience any untoward incident barring the

planned attacks of Adityanath’s gangs? Why did cm Mulayam Singh Yadav

remove the officers who jailed the BJP MP who was hell-bent on

destroying peace? Why did the officers’ successors go straight to

Adityanath for forgiveness? Why did the media fail to report the facts

as facts?



Hari Om has one regret — that he had assured Muslims that by giving a

reprieve of 7-8 hours in the curfew on January 29, he would ensure

that the Muharram tradition was not disturbed. However, the moment he

was removed, Rashid was killed to celebrate it as Adityanath’s victory

and the curfew was extended. Tazias remained where they were. The

Muslims kept their word, he did not. This young officer has just one

question for his country: can a community feel at home where it is

prevented from even mourning by all kinds of machination? Can a

community celebrate its existence in a country where law-keepers look

over their shoulders when it is attacked? Such is the sad story of

Uttar Pradesh, the truth of one of the many riots that were not.



First published in Tehelka.com, Feb 17, 2007

https://communalism.blogspot.in/2007/02/riot-manufactured-in-gorakhpur.html



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http://www.business-standard.com/elections/uttar-pradesh-assembly-elections-2017/yogi-adityanath-the-way-of-the-sword-and-the-monk-s-cowl-114040200025_1.html



Yogi Adityanath: The way of the sword and the monk’s cowl

How BJP’s Yogi Adityanath has used religious polarisation to trump

caste divide in Uttar Pradesh



Aman Sethi | Gorakhpur

March 18, 2017 Last Updated at 19:34 IST



Business Standard is republishing this April 2014 profile as the

Bharatiya Janata Party’s legislature has unanimously elected Yogi

Adityanath as its leader and the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.



From 8 am to 10 am each morning, Yogi Adityanath, high priest of the

Gorakhnath mandir and Gorakhpur’s Member of Parliament from the

Bharatiya Janata Party since 1998, tends to his constituency from a

low desk in a spacious room in the administrative block of the

temple’s sprawling lands.



Assisting him is a team of scribes, seated cross-legged on the ground

before a set of ancient Devnagari-script typewriters, balanced on

bricks wrapped in old newspaper. Petitioners pass through a security

check, leave their shoes at the gate, and approach the priest with

folded hands and bowed heads.



Adityanath - short, stocky, and clad in saffron robes, thick

transparent plastic earrings, and vermillion socks - listens with the

fragile patience of a self-consciously busy man. “Write an

application,” he occasionally declares. The clerks nod dutifully and

slide another sheet of paper into the typewriter.



Recent reports describe Adityanath - a Hindutva hardliner, and prime

accused in Gorakhpur’s 2007 communal riots - as a key coordinator of

the BJP’s election strategy for Uttar Pradesh, the state with the most

Lok Sabha seats. He first won the Gorakhpur seat when 26-years-old;

now 42, he has fashioned himself as the BJP’s most recognised face in

east Uttar Pradesh.



The BJP has spoken of a wave in favour of their prime ministerial

candidate, Narendra Modi, but Lokniti-CSDS post-election surveys over

the past 15 years establish that a quarter to a third of the

electorate vote on the individual qualities of a candidate rather than

the party she represents, suggesting many seats could turn into

head-to-head contests between candidates with specific local

histories, rather than the competing narratives of Modi and Rahul

Gandhi.



In 1999, Yogi Adityanath won Gorakhpur by the slimmest of margins -

7,339 votes; 10 years later in 2009, he romped home with a winning

margin of 2,20,000 votes. This year, locals are speculating on the

winning margin, rather than the possibility of his victory, despite no

particular signs of progress in this constituency.



Gorakhpur appears a melancholic border town on the Uttar Pradesh-Nepal

border, yet to overcome the loss of its fertiliser factory, shuttered

in 1990, its sugar mills that collapsed over the next decade, and its

children - claimed by the hundreds every year by Japanese

encephalitis. Male and female workforce participation is amongst the

lowest in the country and a little more than 70 per cent of households

still do not have an indoor toilet.



Over 15 years, Adityanath, an upper caste Kshatriya, has sunk deep

roots in Gorakhpur. His clerks resolve squabbles in city

neighbourhoods; his foot soldiers from the Hindu Yuva Vahini have been

criticised for engineering riots in the countryside. His inflammatory

anti-Muslim rhetoric has polarised eastern Uttar Pradesh, while his

position as the mahant of the Gorakhnath temple lends his

pronouncements an air of mystical profundity.



This election season, the BJP has publicly focused on the need for

good governance and development and steered clear of overt communal

and regional propaganda but on the ground, Modi is banking on regional

satraps like Adityanath to bring in the votes at all costs.



“We solve problems,” said Dwarika Tiwari, Adityanath’s head clerk,

gesturing to his typewriter, his telephone, and a stack of tattered

notebooks filled with telephone numbers gathered over decades, “We

write to the appropriate authorities, we telephone the superintendent

of police, we inform the district magistrate and tell him to

investigate.”



Jung Bahadur, a retired infantryman, has come on behalf of his

grandson, “Rajbir, my grandson ran away with a dhobi caste girl. Her

parents say she was kidnapped. He is in police detention.” Chandra

Prakash Gupta, dismissed from a private distillery eight years ago,

has been coming ever since in search of a job. Suresh Sharma, a

Gorakhpur resident now employed as an accountant in Chennai, has

dropped by to have his photograph taken with the yogi, “I go to the

BJP office in Chennai; it is good to have a photo to show them.”



No problem is too small for Adityanath’s attention, no trouble too

trifling. “We’ll do whatever is needed,” Tiwari said, as he churned

out the latest application on official MP letterheads, “This? This one

is for someone who urgently needs a train reservation using the MP

quota.”



An MP is expected to legislate, hold the executive to account and

represent the interests of her constituency in Parliament. Adityanath,

for his part, has sponsored five Bills - there was one in 2009, asking

the Centre to pass a national law banning cow slaughter, another to

change the country’s name from “India that is Bharat” to “Bharat that

is Hindustan”, and a third banning forced religious conversions. He

has also called on the Allahabad High Court to set up a bench in

Gorakhpur, and for a uniform civil code.



Yet, in their constituencies back home, MPs aren’t judged by House

attendance, questions asked, or participation in debates, but on their

ability to leverage the state on behalf of their constituents.



Most MPs have neither the funds nor staff to implement big-ticket

projects that could ensure re-election.



For example, a representative can spend Rs 5 crore per year on her

constituency under the MP Local Area Development Scheme, which works

out to a total of Rs 400 crore a year for Uttar Pradesh’s 80 Lok Sabha

members; a minuscule sum compared with the state government’s budgeted

expenditure of Rs 221,201 crore for this year. This is where

Adityanath’s morning meetings prove crucial.



“Voters perceive the role of MPs as that of a problem solver,” said

Chakshu Roy of PRS Legislative Research, explaining MPs are often

voted for doing everything apart from their constitutionally mandated

jobs, “Voter expectations, therefore, align the incentive structure

for MPs to address constituency concerns at the cost of their

legislative responsibilities.”



Further, before selling their message to their electorates,

prospective MPs must first convince their own parties of their

candidature - this makes the creation of a committed base and local

politics even more critical. Rajnath Singh could replace BJP stalwart

Lalji Tandon in Lucknow, but no one is likely to replace Adityanath in

Gorakhpur.



“The public is deeply attached to my name, to my thought process, to

me,” said Adityanath in an interview soon after his durbar, “The

public wants their elected representative to be in touch with them.”

Through his daily hearings, he said, “I have a constant conversation

with the public about their personal problems, problems with the

administration, problems with a powerful oppressive person. That is

why they vote for me.”



Yet, any other candidate could arguably set up an equally efficient

grievances cell. Adityanath’s biggest asset, his critics said, is an

amorphous vigilante army of youth organised as the Hindu Yuva Vahini

and tasked with protecting the Hindu faith.



In 1999, Yogi Adityanath made front-page news as an MP. “BJP out to

protect trigger-happy MP” ran the second lead on the March 6 Lucknow

edition of The Times of India, detailing an extraordinary story that

began as a minor dispute over the fate of a peepul tree in a Muslim

graveyard in a faraway village, acquired increasingly communal

overtones, and ended with Adityanath desecrating the graveyard and his

supporters fatally shooting a 26-year-old policeman in the face.



“A pattern emerged,” said Manoj Singh, a senior journalist in

Gorakhpur, “Yogiji or his supporters would interfere in a

village-level fight between two communities and turn it into a big

case of Hinduism under threat.”



An anecdotal list of communal incidents compiled by Singh describes

the vigilante group’s involvement in at least 18 separate incidents of

communal violence since 1999. While the 2007 Gorakhpur riots, in which

a Hindu man was killed and hundreds of Muslim shops burnt, were widely

reported, the incomprehensible banality of minor incidents makes for

more chilling reading.



In 2002, for instance, Adityanath and his followers arrived at

Gorakhpur’s Turkmanpur locality and escalated a squabble between a

Hindu and Muslim over who spat paan on whom into a full-blown communal

confrontation in which stones were thrown, a street brawl erupted and

the police were called in.



Adityanath insists the Yuva Vahini is simply a cultural organisation.

“Our philosophy is to live and let live, but if someone puts their

hand on our throats, we have the right to remove that hand by force if

need be,” he said.



Yet, his critics, both inside and outside the BJP, said Adityanath’s

vigilante army was set up to build a power base and grassroots network

independent of the the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. BJP

leaders begged off from commenting on Adityanath or his politics. “To

be honest, I don’t have the time,” said Varun Gandhi, the BJP’s other

star campaigner in Uttar Pradesh, before hanging up.



His critics in the Congress were more forthcoming.



“Adityanath is undoubtedly a rabble rouser. His speeches are venomous

and vitriolic even in Parliament,” said Jairam Ramesh, the Congress

leader who most recently served as the Union minister for rural

development, “He is more of a politician than a sanyasi, peddling a

very destructive ideology of hate and prejudice.”



In the meantime, the Yuva Vahini has expanded its influence across the

region and its strategy of casting routine street fights as

ideological struggles is paying dividends.



Last month in Rasoolpur, a village in Azamgarh constituency, 100 km

south of Gorakhpur, a group of Hindu youth decided to build a brick

enclosure around a Hindu deity installed under a roadside tree. The

Muslims protested, a fight broke out and a young Muslim man was shot.

He survived but his friends grabbed Vijay Pratap Yadav, a father of

four and the brother of the sarpanch of Rasoolpur, and beat him to

death.



Days after Yadav’s death, the local representative of the Hindu Vahini

contacted his elder brother, Uma Shankar, and asked him to join the

vigilantes. “Of course, something will have to be done,” Uma Shankar

said in a recent interview at his house, “The Muslims have terrorised

us.”



Despite the fact that Mulayam Singh Yadav, leader of the Samajwadi

Party, will contest from Azamgarh this time, Uma Shankar said the

family was switching allegiance from the Samajwadi Party, the party of

choice for most Yadavs, to the BJP.



“The Samajwadi Party thinks it wins because of the Muslims, so let’s

see what happens when the Yadavs leave it,” he said, “I think we will

join the Yuva Vahini, and if we do, we will bring another 50 men with

us for Yogiji.”



UTTAR PRADESH’S PRIESTLY POLITICIANS

With each generation, Gorakhpur’s mahants have harnessed the Goraknath

temple to consolidate their unchallenged hold on power



1967: The high priests of the Gorakhnath Mandir have played a role in

Eastern UP’s politics since Mahant Digvijai Nath represented the

constituency in the Lok Sabha from 1967 to 1971 from the Hindu

Mahasabha



1984: Digvijaynath’s successor, Mahant Avaidyanath, sets up the Sri

Ramjanmabhoomi Mukti Yagna Samiti and leads a march from Sitarmahi,

Bihar, to Ayodhya to “liberate” the temple. Avaidyanath served as an

MLA from nearby Maniram from 1962 to 1980 and as Gorakhpur’s MP from

1989 to 1996, frequently using the Ram Janmabhoomi issue to garner

votes



1992: Avaidyanath plays a crucial role in mobilising crowds around the

destruction of the Babri Masjid. On the eve of the demolition, the

mahant is spotted on the terraces of the ‘Ram Katha Kunj’, the

building facing the Mosque, among senior leaders such as L K Advani

and Ashok Singhal, according to court documents



1998: Avaidyanath retires from politics and his role as the head of

the Goraknath temple. His protege, Ajay Bisht - a disciple from

Uttrakhand who takes on the moniker Yogi Adityanath - wins the

Gorakhpur constituency at the age of 26



2014: With the Ramjanmabhoomi issue losing its appeal, Adityanath

recasts village level conflicts as religious ones and is set to win

his fourth full term





Peace Is Doable

 

[The sense of doom returns.

Of course, it was always there. But, at least to an extent, at the

back of the mind.

Now, it is right in front, staring hard into eyes.



“The chants of “Sabka saath sabka vikas” on Saturday gave away to

frenzied cries of “Jai Shree Ram” and “UP mein rahena hoga toh Yogi

Yogi kahena hoga” as the BJP’s Gorakhpur MP, Ajay Singh alias Yogi

Adityanath, known for his divisive past and politics, was anointed as

the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.”]



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Updated : Mar 19, 2017, 6:43 am IST



After demonetisation, Modi’s 2nd gamble ahead of 2019, claims BJP leader.



New Delhi: ***The chants of “Sabka saath sabka vikas” on Saturday

gave away to frenzied cries of “Jai Shree Ram” and “UP mein rahena

hoga toh Yogi Yogi kahena hoga” as the BJP’s Gorakhpur MP, Ajay Singh

alias Yogi Adityanath, known for his divisive past and politics, was

anointed as the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.*** [Emphasis

added.]



Sources said putting the Hindutva hawk and founder of the Hindu Yuva

Vahini at the helm of affairs in UP was a “conscious decision by the

BJP top brass in consultation with the RSS”. The decision to pick

Adityanath as chief minister was sealed at a meeting between BJP chief

Amit Shah and RSS’ second-in-command Bhaiyyaji Joshi in Mumbai last

week.



The BJP now appears all set to step up the politics of polarisation

ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in order to consolidate the entire

Hindu votebank, cutting across caste dynamics, with Uttar Pradesh seen

as the gateway to New Delhi, some in the party feel. One of the main

things that Yogi Adityanath is expected to focus on is the

construction the Ram temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya.



Talking about the decision, a BJP leader said: “After demonetisation,

this is Modi’s second gamble before the 2019 elections.” It was,

however, also felt in some circles that Adityanath’s choice as chief

minister runs the risk of the resurrection of a decimated Opposition

in UP as well as across the country.



Moderates in the BJP who had been claiming that the UP mandate was a

vote for “development” appeared stunned and till the last moment some

top UP leaders kept saying that “it could not be true”.



The decision to make Adityanath chief minister was a closely guarded

secret and a number of other names, including that of Union minister

Manoj Sinha, were kept in circulation to keep everyone guessing.



A top Cabinet minister, speaking to this newspaper late on Friday

night, said: “It’s decided. Manoj Sinha will be the CM.” Unaware of

the developments behind closed doors, a confident and beaming Mr Sinha

went Saturday morning to temples in Varanasi to offer prayers. By the

afternoon he was snapping at the media, and accusing them of dragging

his name into the race “unnecessarily”.



To find out the reasons for this somewhat contentious decision, this

newspaper spoke to several senior BJP and RSS leaders. Sources said

even before the UP polls were under way, the RSS and BJP decided to

“seriously start the process of building the much-promised Ram Mandir

at Ayodhya if the BJP won the polls.” Both outfits felt the

construction of the “much-awaited Ram temple will galvanise the

majority of the Hindu community in the BJP’s favour before the 2019

general election.” For this, they needed a strong Hindutva icon and

therefore zeroed in on Adityanath.



Yet Yogi Adityanath was not given any clear indication during the

campaign, but merely told he “will have no reason to complain… and

be given a major responsibility if the party came to power in the

state”.



While the BJP refused to give any commitments, two top RSS leaders

reassured Adityanath that “his name for the CM’s post will be

seriously considered”. At the same time it was made clear he could be

made chief minister only if the BJP managed to come to power in the

state on its own. Adityanath apparently promised that the “Ram Mandir

will be a reality” if he was made CM,” sources said.



Before the UP elections, a conscious decision was taken to play to the

Hindu gallery when the BJP decided not to give tickets to a single

Muslim candidate, the sources said. The party’s historic victory, with

well over 300 seats in the 403-member Assembly, vindicated the party

strategy to stick to the Hindu votebank and “isolate” Muslims as far

as electoral politics was concerned.



In the entire UP campaign, the BJP kept two narratives running side by

side. One was of development while the other was of strident Hindutva.

It may be recalled that before the UP election, a survey was done of

party cadres to decide on the main electoral plank. A majority of BJP

workers and leaders said “Hindutva and nationalism” should be the main

planks in UP.



While speaking about development, top BJP leaders including the Prime

Minister touched on communally-sensitive issues during the campaign.

At the same time, Adityanath and other saffron fringe elements kept

their divisive rhetoric going.



Adityanath had earlier attacked Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan,

saying he “should remember that if people boycott his films, he would

also have to wander in the streets like a normal Muslim… These

people are speaking in the language of terrorists. I think there is no

difference between the language of Shah Rukh Khan and Hafiz Saeed”. He

had also earlier targeted Mother Teresa for “conspiring to

Christianise India”.





Peace Is Doable

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2171 Mon 20 Mar 2017 LESSON-Ban EVMs to stop the murder of democracy-Let us have a heart and reach out to victims of crime, says CJI Khehar
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2171 Mon 20 Mar 2017 LESSON

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Let us have a heart and reach out to victims of crime, says CJI Khehar

Delhi

JS Khehar

Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar.(PTI File Photo)

Victims of heinous crimes
often get a raw deal in India’s criminal justice system, while accused —
even in terror cases — get better legal assistance, Chief Justice of
India JS Khehar said on Saturday.

“Ours is a strange country. The
bigger the criminal, the bigger is the outrage. As we have seen before
that the convict in a terror crime, who has failed up to the Supreme
Court and also in his review, can get access to justice in a manner that
we extend,” justice Khehar said in an oblique reference to 1993 Bombay
blast case convict Yakub Memon.

Memon was granted an early
morning hearing by the apex court even after dismissing his review and
curative pleas against the original verdict that ordered his hanging.

“I
have wondered over the years — what about the families, which have lost
their bread earners, the acid attack victims who are defaced and cannot
survive, the rape victims and their lives. I wonder why we don’t reach
out to them,” he said, appealing to the legal services authority to make
2017 the year of the victims.

He asked the National Legal
Services Authority (NALSA) to send its para-legal volunteers to every
trial court to inform victims that their right to compensation is not
closed.

“Let us make them
understand that the case is not closed with the acquittal or conviction
of the accused. Let us have a heart and reach the victims,” he said.

CJI
referred to the criminal procedure code (CrPc) that provides for a
creation of fund at the national and state level for the victims under
section 357A, which victims are unaware of.

Justice Dipak Misra,
the second senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, minister of state for
law and justice PP Chaudhary and other judicial officers from across
the country were present at the function.

The CJI urged the Centre
to telecast on national television the short films movie maker Praksh
Jha has directed on legal literacy.

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Let’s reach out to victims, says CJI


J.S. Khehar
 
| Photo Credit:
Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

‘There is hardly any such step today’

In a reference to the Supreme Court’s unprecedented midnight hearing
of Mumbai blasts terror convict Yakub Memon hours before he was hanged
to death in 2015, Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar said that while the
legal machinery worked overtime to give terrorists and hardcore
criminals access to justice, there was hardly a mechanism to reach out
to their victims.

Survival of families

In his
inaugural address at the 15th All India meet of State Legal Service
Authorities, Chief Justice Khehar, who is also the patron-in-chief of
the authority, said he often wondered what had befallen the victims of
rape, sexual assault and acid attacks, many of whom were breadwinners
for their family.

“Ours is a strange country. The bigger the
criminal, the bigger is the outrage. As we have seen before that the
convict in a terrorist crime who has failed up to the Supreme Court and
also in his review, can get access to justice in a manner that we
extend,” he said.

“I have
wondered over the years, what about the victims. I have wondered over
the years what about the families which have lost their bread earner. I
have wondered over the years what about that acid attack victim who has
been defaced and cannot survive the society. I think about rape victims
and their lives and I wonder why we don’t reach out to them.”

“I
wish to make an appeal to you today as a patron of the organisation.
Let us reach out to the victims. Make 2017 a year of the victims,” the
CJI said.

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We should not think that Muslims, Other Backward
Classes and Upper Castes have not voted us. They all have voted for BSP
as promised. But the votes are manipulated by BJP through electronic
voting machines (EVMs).

All
Agitate
against the scandal of EVMs. The victory of BJP is not from fair means.
BSP have got ample proof that they have tampered the EVMs to win the
electronics. They are guilty of their mischief. They will not allow this

to go unprotested. They will agitate against the misuse of EVMs on 11th
of
every month starting from next April. In Uttar Pradesh, this agitation
will be held in every district headquarter and in other states, it must
be held in state capitals. Slogan of the agitation will be “Ban EVMs to
stop the murder of democracy”.


They will also move the Supreme Court in
this regard. Agitations must continue till the further instructions.

The
EVMs were used first during the elections of 2002. In the initial
years, these machines were used promptly. But the tampering started only
in 2014 in favor of BJP and it has continued to the recent election of
2017. It was thought that the huge mandate given to the BJP was a reflection
of anti-Congress wave. But it was not so.

They have given 115 seats to OBCs and 99 seats to Muslims in the UP
election. They should have secured at least 50 seats each of OBCs and
Muslims. These communities are with the BSP even to this day and they
are utterly unhappy over the results. Hence, do not be under the
impression that they did not vote us. We should blame the failure on the
conspiracy of BJP’s tampering of EVMs for this disaster.

 The
Sarvajan Samaj i.e., all societies are the real victims of this
Techno-logical, political, social crime and  being circulated in the
social media that
the Supreme Court would order for re-polling. They are getting ready to
fight
the Parliament Election of 2019 and assembly elections in other states.

Foul
play of the corrupt media. Indian media – both print and electronic –
worked as the paid workers of BJP. These media people joined the
conspiracy of BJP to murder the democracy. They were not sincere in
performing their duty as journalists.

 This
whole game-plan of BJP of tampering the EVMs is to frustrate Ms Mayawati and their
movement. They played this game to distance the OBCs and Muslims away
from their movement. She is not be frustrated
and  will not allow others to get frustrated. She will break those
conspirators who try to break her.

She told that what people are today is the result of the
struggles of our ancestors. They did not get the fruits of their
struggle, but we are enjoying them. We are better than our earlier
generations due to the constitutional rights provided by Babasaheb
Ambedkar. But we, the SC/ST/OBCs and Religious Minorities, are yet to
get all the rights provided by him. We need to get the power to get the
fullest benefits. But the manuvadis will not allow us so easily to get
the power. They will play their dirty game to keep us away from the
power of implementing the constitution.


The
Government under Jawaharlal Nehru promised Babasaheb of their support
to pass the Hindu Code Bill in the Parliament. But they all opposed him
when it was tabled in the Parliament. He had to resign in protest as the
Law Minister in 1951. When he contested in the General Election of
1952, he was defeated by the Congress. There were no EVMs then and yet
he was defeated. How? They had managed to spoil as much number of votes
as he had secured over the Congress candidate. If they could defeat
Babasaheb Ambedkar, even when there was ballot paper system, will they
allow us so easily to win now? They will resort to any sort of mischief
to prevent us from coming to power. It is our work to find the ways and
means for every challenge we are faced with. We must prepare the Bahujan
Samaj in support of our movement.

Winning election and becoming MP/MLAs alone is not their goal. There must be change in the lives of our people. How can we
bring change unless we change ourselves? We must work as missionaries
for the betterment of next generations. If we do not struggle now, our
children will sure to become slaves once again in one or two
generations.We
cannot succeed in our mission unless we educate and unite all the
constituents of Bahujan Samaj. The OBCs are our own brothers and
sisters. They have been misguided to behave like duplicate Brahmins and
Kshatriyas. Kindly educate them about the struggles of Babasaheb
Ambedkar in getting them the Article 340 incorporated in Constitution.
The recommendations of Mandal Commission were implemented only because
of the struggles of BSP under the leadership of Manyawar Kanshi Ramji.
In 1990, when Mr. V.P. Singh sought the support of BSP to form his
Government in the Centre, we did not demand for any minister post in his
Cabinet. We asked him to implement the Mandal Commission
Recommendations and posthumous Bharat Ratna Award to Babasaheb Ambedkar.
He promised and implemented them promptly. The credit for implementing
the Mandal Commission Recommendations should be given to us. But we have
allowed someone else to take this credit.

The
leaders of BJP had opposed the implementation of Mandal Commission
Recommendations in 1990 and withdrew their support extended to Mr. V. P.
Singh then. How these opponents of OBCs have become the benefactors of
OBCs now? Mr. Narendra Modi claims himself as an OBC man. He belonged to
a community called Danchi, which is an equivalent caste of Theli, which
is an upper caste among Vyshyas in UP. He managed to include his
community in the OBC list in 2000 when he was the chief minister of
Gujarat. You must educate the OBCs about this historical truth.

Similarly,
the Muslims and Christians are the converts from SC/ST and OBC
communities. Why did they get converted? They wanted to get rid of the
discrimination in brahminical society and hence they left Hinduism. Are
they happy now? No. They are still the victims of discriminations as
they too are not yet secured the constitutional rights and protection.
Educate them that unless they join our movement, they cannot get their
due.

Organize State-level Seminar on April 14, 2017, the Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti.

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JUSTICE Karnan has taken the right decision to contact Ms Mayawati
supremo of BSP on whom EVMs were tampered to to defeat the movement of
the Chief Architect of our modern constitution Dr BR Ambedkar. Just
because Ms Mayawati is a scheduled caste but working for the sarvajan
samaj i.e., all societies and gave the best governance as CM of UP and
ultimately the PM of this country, it was not tolerated by the brahmins
in general and the chitpawa brahmins of RSS in particular. So they used
the fraud EVMs to destroy the movement in general and the SC/STs in
particular. Hence through a Techno-Politico-Socio Transformation and
Econommic emancipation movement, there must be a demand to dissolve
Central and state governments selected by these fraud EVMs and go for
fresh polls with paper ballots.

The ex CJI Sathasivam who
committed a grave error of judgement by ordering that the EVMs could be
replaced in a phased manner on the suggestion of ex CEC sampath and as a
result all the governments must be punished.

They must be asked
to pay the entire Central Government budget to Mayawati as a fine and
all those who oppose reservation to deprive the economy of the
downtrodden to book under atrocities act and sent jails.

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Karnan reaches out to Mayawati
To hold protests across country; BSP chief has promised support, says lawyer

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DGP, 100 policemen serve SC warrant, Karnan spurns it

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Right Response • a day ago

Where there is an allegation of discrimination based on caste,its in
order for SC to appoint a Panel of unbiased foreign Judges to hear the
case.No Caste Judge can render justice to a Dalit who is supposed to be
harassed by the Caste System.

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Calcutta HC Justice Karnan calls judiciary corrupt, brings up old allegations against HC judges
india Updated: Mar 12, 2017 01:03 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
Calcutta High Court
Calcutta high court judge CS Karnan stepped up his tirade against the
Supreme Court and his fellow judges on Saturday by releasing his written
allegations against two Madas high court judges. (Representative Photo)

Calcutta high court judge CS Karnan stepped up his tirade against the
Supreme Court and his fellow judges on Saturday by releasing his written
allegations against two Madas high court judges.

He alleged that
one had tampered records to get into service and amassed wealth through
unfair means while the other had raped an intern.

Justice Karnan
had made these allegations in 2013 and 2014. “I wrote to the chief
justice of Madras high court but no action has been taken against them. I
brought specific allegations against 20 judges. But while those 20 are
silent, a seven-member bench of the SC issued a warrant against me.
Today I openly admit that Indian judiciary is corrupt,” Karnan said at a
press conference at his residence .

“These seven judges don’t
know law. The SC did not apply mind. That’s why public confidence (in
the judiciary) is decreasing day by day,” he said.

Asked whether
he would appear before the SC on or before the deadline (March 31),
Karnan said “Why? For what purpose? This is a wrong order. It is out of
law.”

On Friday, Karnan had signed an order in front of the
media at his residence, directing the Central Bureau of Investigation to
“register, investigate and file a report before the appropriate court
of law under Article 226 read with Section 482 CrPC to prevent abuse of
process of any court….”

“I am a sitting high court judge. Any
place where I sit and pass an order becomes the court,” Karnan said.
Asked whether he had the power to issue a directive even to the
President, he however said: “I have humbly appealed to President. Who
can direct the President of India?” Later he changed the word “direct”
to “request.”

When he was asked whether the director general of
Bengal Police, who is supposed to execute the warrant, or the CBI had
got in touch with him, Karnan said, “Not so far.” One of his associates,
a lawyer of the Madras HC, said copies of Karnan’s order had been sent
to the CBI as well as the judges of the SC.

Asked whether it was
appropriate for a sitting judge to talk to the media, Justice Karnan
said, “It is a national issue. It should reach the people. Let there be
transparency. What’s the secret? Nobody takes a suo motu warrant against
a sitting judge.”


KOLKATA:
One hundred policemen led by the Bengal DGP had to retreat from Justice
C S Karnan’s New Town residence on Friday after the Calcutta high
court…
timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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    Karnan has taken the right decision to contact Ms Mayawati supremo of
    BSP on whom EVMs were tampered to to defeat the movement of the Chief
    Architect of our modern constitution Dr BR Ambedkar. Just because Ms
    Mayawati is a scheduled caste but working for the sarvajan samaj i.e.,
    all societies and gave the best governance as CM of UP and ultimately
    the PM of this country, it was not tolerated by the brahmins in general
    and the chitpawa brahmins of RSS in particular. So
    they used the fraud EVMs to destroy the movement in general and the
    SC/STs in particular. Hence through a Techno-Politico-Socio
    Transformation and Econommic emancipation movement, there must be a
    demand to dissolve Central and state governments selected by these fraud
    EVMs and go for fresh polls with paper ballots.

    The ex CJI Sathasivam who committed a grave error of judgement by
    ordering that the EVMs could be replaced in a phased manner on the
    suggestion of ex CEC sampath and as a result all the governments must be
    punished.

    They must be asked to pay the entire Central
    Government budget to Mayawati as a fine and all those who oppose
    reservation to deprive the economy of the downtrodden to book under
    atrocities act and sent jails.

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    IN THE
    SUPREME COURT OF INDIA


    CIVIL
    APPELLATE JURISDICTION


    CIVIL
    APPEAL NO.**** OF 2017

    (Arising
    out of SLP (Civil) No. 13735 of 2012)

    Bahujan Samaj Party

    ….
    Appellant(s)

    Versus

    Ex CJI Sathasivam Ex Election
    Commission of India Sampath

    ….
    Respondent(s) Narendra Modi, Mohan Bagawath, Amit Shah, Venkaiah naidu,

    WITH

    WRIT
    PETITION (C) NO. 406 OF 2012

    J U D G M
    E N T

    P.
    Sathasivam, CJI for Ballot Paprers until entire EVMs/VVPAT are replaced

    1)

    Leave
    granted.

    Civil
    Appeal @ SLP (C) No. 13735 of 2012

    2)

    This
    appeal is directed against the judgment and order

    dated
    17.01.2012 passed by the Division Bench of the High

    Court of
    Delhi at New Delhi in W.P.(C) No. 11879 of 2009

    whereby
    the High Court disposed of the petition by


    disallowing
    the prayer made by the appellant herein for

    issuance
    of a writ of


    mandamus


    directing
    the Election


    Commission
    of India (ECI)-Respondent herein to incorporate


    a system
    of Paper Ballots until entire  “paper trail/paper receipt” in the Electronic


    Voting
    Machines (EVMs) as a convincing proof that the EVM


    has
    rightly registered the vote cast by a voter in favour of a


    particular
    candidate.




    Being
    aggrieved of the above, the present appeal has


    been
    filed by way of special leave.


    Writ
    Petition (Civil) No. 406 of 2012


    4)


    One
    Jgatheesan Chandrasekharan, R Muniappa, Gopinath, Dr Ashok Siddharth, Rajendra Satyanarayan Gilda has filed this Writ


    Petition,
    under Article 32 of the Constitution of India, praying


    for
    issuance of a writ of


    mandamus/


    direction(s)
    directing the


    Union of
    India
    Narendra Modi, Mohan Bagawath, Amit Shah, Venkaiah naidu,

    WITH

    , the Chief Election Commissioner and the


    Technical
    Experts Committee-Respondent Nos. 1-3 herein


    respectively
    to effect the necessary modifications in the


    EVMs so
    as to allow the voters to verify their respective votes


    and to
    attach the printers to the EVMs with a facility to print


    the
    running record of the votes for the purpose of verification

     


    by the
    voters in the process of voting. He also prayed for a


    Page 


    3


    direction
    to frame guidelines and to effect necessary


    amendments
    in the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961.


    5)


    In view
    of the pendency of the appeal filed by Dr.


    Subramanian
    Swamy, this Court issued notice in the writ


    petition
    and tagged with the said appeal.


    6)


    Heard Dr.
    Subramanian Swamy, appellant-in-person in


    the
    appeal, Dr. R.R. Deshpande, learned counsel for the writ


    petitioner,
    Mr. Ashok Desai and Ms. Meenakshi Arora, learned


    senior
    counsel for the ECI.


    Contentions:


    7)


    Dr.
    Subramanian Swamy, the appellant herein


    contended
    before this Court that the present system of


    EVMs, as
    utilized in the last few general elections in India,


    does not
    meet all the requirements of the international


    standards
    and though the ECI maintains that the EVMs


    cannot be
    tampered with, but the fact is that EVMs, like all


    electronic
    equipments, are open to hacking.


    8)


    The
    appellant has further highlighted that the instant


    matter
    arises out of the refusal of the ECI to incorporate a


    certain
    obvious safeguard in the EVMs called “paper


    backup”,
    “paper receipt” or “paper trail”, presently in use


    and
    mandated in some countries like USA, which would easily


    and
    cheaply meet the requirement of proof that the EVM has


    rightly
    registered the vote cast by a voter. The appellant has


    further
    highlighted that the “paper trail” system is to


    supplement
    the procedure of voting as in this procedure,


    after
    recording a vote in the EVM, a print out will come out


    which
    will appraise the voter that his vote has been rightly


    registered
    and the same will be deposited in a box which can


    only be used
    by the ECI in case of election dispute.


    9)


    It is the
    categorical stand of the appellant that the


    above
    said system will bring more accuracy in the present


    system
    and if a particular election is challenged on the


    ground
    that some particular identified voter’s voter or the


    votes of
    a group of voters have been suppressed/have not


    been
    correctly assigned by the EVMs, the accepted current


    procedure
    is for a re-run of the same EVMs for a re-count,


    however,
    under the new procedure, a re-count will be of the


    receipts
    in the ballot box containing the printouts the EVMs

     

    5


    had
    issued to the voter thereby ensuring more transparency


    in the
    process.


    10)


    The writ
    petitioner has also raised similar contentions as


    those of
    Dr. Swamy. According to the petitioner, in the


    present
    system of voting through EVMs, there is no such


    facility
    by which a voter can verify and confirm his own


    voting.
    At present, a voter presses a button only but cannot


    ascertain
    the actual voting. He is not sure whether his vote


    is
    recorded or not, if recorded, whether it is recorded in


    favour of
    the person to whom it was intended or not.


    Whether
    it is valid or invalid and whether it is counted or not.


    It is
    submitted by the petitioner that unless and until answers


    to these
    questions are personally seen by the voter, it cannot


    be said
    that voting is made by him because “pressing a


    button of
    choice and getting flashed the red-light” is not


    actual
    voting in real sense unless the voter knows well that


    what has happened
    in consequence of pressing a button of


    his
    choice from the EVMs.


    Stand of
    the Election Commission of India

     

    Page 


    6


    11)


    Mr. Ashok
    Desai, learned senior counsel for the ECI


    submitted
    that the apprehension that EVMs could be


    tampered
    with is baseless. It was also informed to this Court


    that the
    ECI has been exploring the possibility of


    incorporating
    a viable Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail


    (VVPAT)
    system as a part of the presently used EVMs to


    make the
    election system more transparent. Further, it was


    brought
    to our notice that the ECI conducted field trials for


    VVPAT
    system earlier also but the same had not been


    successful
    and were discontinued. The ECI also filed a


    counter
    affidavit stating that the EVMs provided by the


    Commission
    are of such a high end technology that it cannot


    be
    hacked.


    12)
    Referring to Section 61A of the Representation of the


    People
    Act, 1951, it is submitted that the Statute itself


    provides
    for recording of votes by EVMs and the ECI has been


    given the
    discretion to prescribe recording of votes by such


    EVMs as
    it may deem fit. This discretion has to be exercised


    in a
    manner to preserve the sanctity of the election process


    and
    ensure that the election is conducted in a free and fair


    6




    Heard Dr.
    Subramanian Swamy, appellant-in-person in


    the
    appeal, Dr. R.R. Deshpande, learned counsel for the writ


    petitioner,
    Mr. Ashok Desai and Ms. Meenakshi Arora, learned


    senior
    counsel for the ECI.


    Contentions:


    7)


    Dr.
    Subramanian Swamy, the appellant herein


    contended
    before this Court that the present system of


    EVMs, as
    utilized in the last few general elections in India,


    does not
    meet all the requirements of the international


    standards
    and though the ECI maintains that the EVMs


    cannot be
    tampered with, but the fact is that EVMs, like all


    electronic
    equipments, are open to hacking.


    8)


    The
    appellant has further highlighted that the instant


    matter
    arises out of the refusal of the ECI to incorporate a


    certain
    obvious safeguard in the EVMs called “paper


    backup”,
    “paper receipt” or “paper trail”, presently in use


    and
    mandated in some countries like USA, which would easily


    and
    cheaply meet the requirement of proof that the EVM has


    rightly
    registered the vote cast by a voter. The appellant has


    further
    highlighted that the “paper trail” system is to


    supplement
    the procedure of voting as in this procedure,


    after
    recording a vote in the EVM, a print out will come out


    which
    will appraise the voter that his vote has been rightly


    registered
    and the same will be deposited in a box which can


    only be used
    by the ECI in case of election dispute.


    9)


    It is the
    categorical stand of the appellant that the


    above
    said system will bring more accuracy in the present


    system
    and if a particular election is challenged on the


    ground
    that some particular identified voter’s voter or the


    votes of
    a group of voters have been suppressed/have not


    been
    correctly assigned by the EVMs, the accepted current


    procedure
    is for a re-run of the same EVMs for a re-count,


    however,
    under the new procedure, a re-count will be of the


    receipts
    in the ballot box containing the printouts the EVMs

     

    5


    had
    issued to the voter thereby ensuring more transparency


    in the
    process.


    10)


    The writ
    petitioner has also raised similar contentions as


    those of
    Dr. Swamy. According to the petitioner, in the


    present
    system of voting through EVMs, there is no such


    facility
    by which a voter can verify and confirm his own


    voting.
    At present, a voter presses a button only but cannot


    ascertain
    the actual voting. He is not sure whether his vote


    is
    recorded or not, if recorded, whether it is recorded in


    favour of
    the person to whom it was intended or not.


    Whether
    it is valid or invalid and whether it is counted or not.


    It is
    submitted by the petitioner that unless and until answers


    to these
    questions are personally seen by the voter, it cannot


    be said
    that voting is made by him because “pressing a


    button of
    choice and getting flashed the red-light” is not


    actual
    voting in real sense unless the voter knows well that


    what has happened
    in consequence of pressing a button of


    his
    choice from the EVMs.


    Stand of
    the Election Commission of India

     

    Page 


    6


    11)


    Mr. Ashok
    Desai, learned senior counsel for the ECI


    submitted
    that the apprehension that EVMs could be


    tampered
    with is baseless. It was also informed to this Court


    that the
    ECI has been exploring the possibility of


    incorporating
    a viable Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail


    (VVPAT)
    system as a part of the presently used EVMs to


    make the
    election system more transparent. Further, it was


    brought
    to our notice that the ECI conducted field trials for


    VVPAT
    system earlier also but the same had not been


    successful
    and were discontinued. The ECI also filed a


    counter
    affidavit stating that the EVMs provided by the


    Commission
    are of such a high end technology that it cannot


    be
    hacked.


    12)
    Referring to Section 61A of the Representation of the


    People
    Act, 1951, it is submitted that the Statute itself


    provides
    for recording of votes by EVMs and the ECI has been


    given the
    discretion to prescribe recording of votes b

    y such


    EVMs as
    it may deem fit. This discretion has to be exercised


    in a
    manner to preserve the sanctity of the election process


    and
    ensure that the election is conducted in a free and fair


    6


    Page
    7
    manner. The ECI has exercised due diligence to ensure that
    EVMs so used are “tamper proof” and it is also in the process
    of exploring to incorporate VVPAT system which is
    compatible with the present EVMs used by it. It is asserted
    that there is no instance of tampering with EVMs so far by
    anyone.
    13)
    It is further submitted that the EVMs used in India are
    unique and unlike the ones used in the elections in USA and
    other countries, which are personal computer based. EVMs
    deployed by the ECI have been lauded not only in India but
    also abroad. EVM’s Control Unit retains in the memory each
    vote recorded elector-wise. The information stored in the
    memory of the Control Unit can be retrieved by using a
    device called the “decoder” which, when attached to the
    Control Unit of EVM, can print out the statement of voting
    data showing the order in which each voter has voted and to
    whom he has voted.
    14)
    Insofar as the transparency of the election process as
    well as the right of a voter to know whether his vote has
    actually been recorded for the candidate for whom it was
    7


    Page
    8
    cast is concerned, it is submitted that as soon as a vote is
    recorded by a voter by pressing the “candidate’s” button on
    the Ballot Unit, a light glows against the name and symbol of
    the candidate, which the voter can see for himself/ herself.
    This is a visual (electronic) assurance to the voter that the
    candidate for whom he has cast his vote has actually got that
    vote. Thereafter, the light goes off to protect the secrecy of
    voting.
    15)
    It is further submitted that the feasibility of VVPAT
    system was sought to be explored to by various political
    parties and they were explained the technical and
    administrative safeguards. The ECI also constituted a
    Technical Experts Committee to examine the viability of the
    VVPAT system. On 27.05.2011, the Technical Experts
    Committee, after discussion with political parties and civil
    society members and also after seeing the demonstration of
    the prototype VVPAT system developed by M/s. Bharat
    Electronics Ltd. (BEL) and M/s. Electronics Corporation of
    India Ltd. (ECIL), recommended that a field test of the
    prototype VVPAT system should be carried out in a simulated
    8


    Page
    9
    election under different environmental conditions in
    Jaisalmer, Thiruvananthapuram, Delhi, Leh and Cherapunji.
    The ECI also held further meetings with the manufacturers of
    EVMs on various dates to fine tune the system and expedite
    the follow up action required. Several meetings were also
    held with the Expert Committee on VVPAT system.
    16)
    In wider fulfillment of the objectives of the field trial, the
    ECI has requested the National and State parties to extend
    necessary cooperation by getting involved in the trial process
    actively and also witness the trial in order to have a first
    hand experience of the system. The ECI has also requested
    the individuals including the appellant – Dr. Subramanian
    Swamy and the groups, who have been engaged with the ECI
    on the issue of EVM-VVPAT, to witness the trial.
    17) We have carefully perused the relevant materials and
    considered the rival contentions.
    Discussion
    18)
    When the matter was listed before this Court for
    hearing on 27.09.2012, Mr. Ashok Desai had brought to our
    notice that the ECI is contemplating foolproof method in
    9



    Page
    10
    EVMs for which they are taking various steps in consultation
    with the Technical Experts Committee and the views of all
    recognized political parties. Mr. Desai also promised to
    appraise this Court about the deliberations and the ultimate
    decision to be taken by them in this regard. Accordingly, this
    Court granted sufficient time to the ECI to file Status Report
    regarding introduction of VVPAT system in EVMs to be used
    in the elections.
    19)
    Pursuant to the directions of this Court, the ECI filed a
    Status Report on the developments of VVPAT system. In the
    said report, the ECI, citing various technicalities, prayed for
    further time to make the system more robust for the field
    conditions.
    20)
    On 15.12.2012, M/s BEL, Bangalore filed a report
    showing the status of development of VVPAT system which
    contains changes that have been carried out in VVPAT from
    September to December, 2012 and also furnished
    chronological changes made in VVPAT system after the field
    trial of the VVPAT system held in July and August, 2012.
    10


    Page
    11
    21)
    Pursuant to the directions of this Court, the Secretary,
    ECI, filed an affidavit highlighting the following steps/
    information:
    (i)
    That vide its Affidavit dated 14.01.2013, the
    Commission had filed the status report regarding
    introduction of the VVPAT system in the Electronic
    Voting Machines (EVMs).
    (ii)
    That subsequently, in the Technical Expert
    Committee meeting held on 04.02.2013, the
    Committee approved the design of the VVPAT and
    decided that software fine tuning will be done and
    completed by the end of February, 2013, and
    modified design specifications will be submitted to
    the Technical Expert Committee for approval.
    The Committee also recommended that the
    Commission may for using the VVPAT and that the
    VVPAT should be tried in a bye-election.
    (iii)
    That in the Technical Expert Committee
    meeting held on 19.02.2013, the Committee
    finalized the VVPAT design.
    The manufacturers, namely, M/s. Bharat Electronics
    Limited and M/s. Electronics Corporation of India
    Limited have quoted Rs. 16,200/- (excluding duties,
    taxes and transport charges) per VVPAT system.
    The Commission has decided to purchase sufficient
    units of VVPAT for trials in a Bye-election, at an
    approximate cost of Rs.72,90,000/- (Rupees seventy
    two lakh ninety thousand) approximately.
    (iv)
    It is submitted that the Commission will
    require approximately 13 lakh VVPAT units to be
    manufactures for 13 lakh EVMs presently available
    and roughly about Rs. 1690 crores (One Thousand
    Six Hundred Ninety Crores)(i.e. 13 lakh units x
    Rs.13,000 per unit) are required for the purpose of
    implementation of the VVPAT system taking into
    account the possible reduction in the cost per unit
    when produced in bulk.
    (v)
    It is further submitted that in order to
    implement the new system the Conduct of Election
    Rules, 1961 will require certain amendments.
    In this connection, vide letter No.
    3/1/2013/Vol.II/SDR/86 dated 28.03.2013, the
    11


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    12
    Commission has informed the Legislative
    Department of the Ministry of Law and Justice
    inter
    alia
    the various amendments required to the
    relevant parts of Rules 49A to 49X, 66A, 55C, 56C,
    57C and Form 17C of the Conduct of Elections Rules,
    1961, as well as introduction of Rules 49MA and 56D
    in the said Rules…
    (vi)
    That the Commission has called for a meeting
    of all the recognized National and State Parties on
    10
    th
    May, 2013 for the purpose of demonstration of
    VVPAT unit to them and for discussion with them for
    eliciting their views regarding use of VVPAT system
    in the elections. The petitioner herein and others
    interested in the matter would also be invited at the
    meeting.”
    22)
    It is seen from the records that after various
    deliberations with the experts and persons concerned with
    the technology, the Technical Experts Committee approved
    the final design of VVPAT units in its meeting held on
    19.01.2013. In order to meet the directions of this Court and
    for proper execution of VVPAT system, as noticed above, the
    ECI in its letter dated 28.03.2013, addressed to the Secretary
    to the Government of India, Ministry of Law and Justice stated
    that necessary ground work for amendment to the Conduct
    of Election Rules, 1961 (in relevant parts in Rules 49A to 49X,
    66A, 55C, 56C, 57C and Form 17C) may be made so that the
    amendment to the Rules can be notified immediately which
    12


    Page
    13
    will enable the ECI to use the VVPAT system in bye-elections
    in consultation with the political parties. By placing all those
    materials, the ECI requested the Ministry of Law and Justice
    for drafting and notifying amendment Rules expeditiously.
    23)
    From the materials placed by the ECI, it is noted that
    the purchase order has been placed with M/s BEL and M/s
    ECIL for supplying 150 and 300 VVPAT units respectively at
    Rs. 16,200/- per unit excluding excise duty, sales tax and
    transportation etc. costing Rs. 72,90,000/- (approx.). The ECI
    has also highlighted that if the VVPAT systems are ultimately
    to be used with all the 13 lakh EVMs available, the total cost
    in the purchase of VVPAT units may come to about Rs. 1,690
    crores, taking into account the possible reduction in the cost
    per unit due to bulk production the cost may come to Rs.
    13,000/- per unit approximately.
    24)
    The affidavit dated 21.08.2013, filed on behalf of the
    ECI, shows that the Ministry of Law and Justice, on
    24.07.2013, referred the draft notification to amend the
    Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 to provide for use of VVPAT
    system of elections to the ECI for its views and comments.
    13


    Page
    14
    The ECI suggested certain minor modifications in the draft
    notification and sent the same back to the Ministry of Law
    and Justice on 02.08.2013 with a request to notify the
    amendment Rules at the earliest. Accordingly, the Ministry
    of Law and Justice notified the amendments to the Conduct
    of Election Rules, 1961 in the Gazette of India vide
    notification No. S.O. 2470(E) dated 14.08.2013 to enable use
    of VVPAT with EVMs.
    25)
    The aforesaid affidavit of the ECI also shows that the
    ECI had also convened a meeting of all the recognized
    National and State political parties on 10.05.2013 and
    demonstrated before their representatives the working of
    VVPAT system. Separately, on the same day, the ECI also
    held a meeting with individuals including the appellant
    herein who had been engaged with the ECI over the past
    several years regarding the functioning of EVMs. VVPAT
    system was demonstrated before them as well.
    Representatives of political parties and other individuals
    expressed their satisfaction over the VVPAT system.
    Thereafter, the ECI had decided to use the VVPAT system in
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    15
    the bye-election from 51-Noksen (ST) Assembly Constituency
    in the State of Nagaland. Instructions were issued to hold
    special meetings with the contesting candidates in that
    constituency to brief them about the use of VVPAT system.
    The ECI also organized special training sessions for poll
    officers for the use of VVPAT and steps were taken to
    educate the electors for the same.
    26)
    After various hearings, when the matter was heard on
    4.10.2013, an affidavit dated 01.10.2013 filed on behalf of
    the ECI was placed before this Court. The said affidavit was
    filed to place on record the performance/result of the
    introduction of the VVPAT system in the bye-election from
    51-Noksen (ST) Assembly Constituency of Nagaland for which
    the poll was conducted on 04.09.2013 indicating the future
    course of action to be decided by the ECI on the basis of said
    performance. By this affidavit, it was brought to our notice
    that since VVPAT system was being used for the first time,
    the ECI has decided that intensive training shall be given to
    the polling officers. Members of the Technical Experts
    Committee of the ECI also went to supervise training and the


    Page
    16
    actual use of VVPAT in the bye-election. It is further stated
    that the ECI also wrote letters to all the recognized political
    parties and other persons, including the appellant herein,
    engaged with the ECI on this subject inviting them to witness
    the use of VVPAT. It is also brought to our notice that VVPAT
    was successfully used in all the 21 polling stations of 51-
    Noksen (ST) Assembly Constituency of Nagaland. It was also
    stated that as per the Rules, the paper slips of VVPAT shall
    not be counted normally except in case the Returning Officer
    decides to count them on an application submitted by any of
    the candidates. However, since VVPAT system was being
    used for the first time in any election, the ECI decided on its
    own to count paper slips of VVPAT in respect of all polling
    stations. According to the ECI, no discrepancy was found
    between the electronic and paper count.
    27)
    In the said affidavit, it is finally stated that the ECI has
    decided to increase the use of VVPAT units in a phased
    manner and for this purpose the ECI has already written to
    the Government of India, Ministry of Law and Justice to issue
    administrative and financial sanction for procurement of
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    17
    20,000 units of VVPAT (10,000 each from M/s BEL and M/s
    ECIL) costing about Rs. 38.01 crore.
    28)
    Though initially the ECI was little reluctant in
    introducing “paper trail” by use of VVPAT, taking note of the
    advantage in the system as demonstrated by Dr.
    Subramanian Swamy, we issued several directions to the
    ECI . Pursuant to the same, the ECI contacted several expert
    bodies, technical advisers, etc. They also had various
    meetings with National and State level political parties,
    demonstrations were conducted at various places and finally
    after a thorough examination and full discussion, VVPAT was
    used successfully in all the 21 polling stations of 51-Noksen
    (ST) Assembly Constituency of Nagaland. The information
    furnished by the ECI, through the affidavit dated 01.10.2013,
    clearly shows that VVPAT system is a successful one. We
    have already highlighted that VVPAT is a system of printing
    paper trail when the voter casts his vote, in addition to the
    electronic record of the ballot, for the purpose of verification
    of his choice of candidate and also for manual counting of
    votes in case of dispute.
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    18
    29)
    From the materials placed by both the sides, we are
    satisfied that the “paper trail” is an indispensable
    requirement of free and fair elections. The confidence of the
    voters in the EVMs can be achieved only with the
    introduction of the “paper trail”. EVMs with VVPAT system
    ensure the accuracy of the voting system. With an intent to
    have fullest transparency in the system and to restore the
    confidence of the voters, it is necessary to set up EVMs with
    VVPAT system because vote is nothing but an act of
    expression which has immense importance in democratic
    system.
    30)
    In the light of the above discussion and taking notice of
    the pragmatic and reasonable approach of the ECI and
    considering the fact that in general elections all over India,
    the ECI has to handle one million (ten lakhs) polling booths,
    we permit the ECI to introduce the same in gradual stages or
    geographical-wise in the ensuing general elections. The
    area, State or actual booth(s) are to be decided by the ECI
    and the ECI is free to implement the same in a phased


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    manner. We appreciate the efforts and good gesture made
    by the ECI in introducing the same.
    31)
    For implementation of such a system (VVPAT) in a
    phased manner, the Government of India is directed to
    provide required financial assistance for procurement of units
    of VVPAT.
    32)
    Before parting with the case, we record our appreciation
    for the efforts made by Dr. Subramanian Swamy as well as
    the ECI, in particular Mr. Ashok Desai and Ms. Meenakshi
    Arora, learned senior counsel for the ECI.
    33)
    With the above directions, the appeal and the writ
    petition are disposed of. No separate order is required in the
    applications for intervention. Both sides are permitted to
    approach this Court for further direction(s), if need arises.
    ………………………………………….CJI
    (P. SATHASIVAM)
    ………………………………………..J.
    (RANJAN GOGOI)
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    NEW DELHI;
    OCTOBER 8, 2013.


    “What the results Uttar Pradesh Assembly meant us?”

    Behanji’s Address to the BSP workers on Mar. 15, 2017, the 83rd Jayanti of Manyawar Kanshi Ram held at the Party Headquarters, Lucknow.


    1. Failure is not a failure, but a great lesson. We might have got fewer seats, but vote-wise we are in the second position and we got more votes than the previous election. We should not think that Muslims, Other Backward Classes and Upper Castes have not voted us. They all have voted for BSP as promised. But the votes are manipulated by BJP through electronic voting machines (EVMs).

    2. Agitation against the scandal of EVMs. The victory of BJP is not from fair means. We have got ample proof that they have tampered the EVMs to win the electronics. They are guilty of their mischief. We will not allow this to go unprotested. We will agitate against the misuse of EVMs on 11th of every month starting from next April. In Uttar Pradesh, this agitation will be held in every district headquarter and in other states, it must be held in state capitals. Slogan of the agitation will be “Ban EVMs to stop the murder of democracy”. Materials required for the agitation will be given to all the workers. We will also move the Supreme Court in this regard. Agitations must continue till the further instructions.

    3. The EVMs were used first during the elections of 2002. In the initial years, these machines were used promptly. But the tampering started only in 2014 in favor of BJP and it has continued to the recent election of 2017. We thought that the huge mandate given to the BJP was a reflection of anti-Congress wave. But it was not so.

    4. We have given 115 seats to OBCs and 99 seats to Muslims in the UP election. We should have secured at least 50 seats each of OBCs and Muslims. These communities are with the BSP even to this day and they are utterly unhappy over the results. Hence, do not be under the impression that they did not vote us. We should blame the failure on the conspiracy of BJP’s tampering of EVMs for this disaster.

    5. Do not be a victim of gossips being circulated in the social media that the Supreme Court would order for re-polling. Let us get ready to fight the Parliament Election of 2019 and assembly elections in other states.

    6. Foul play of the corrupt media. Indian media – both print and electronic – worked as the paid workers of BJP. These media people joined the conspiracy of BJP to murder the democracy. They were not sincere in performing their duty as journalists.

    7. This whole game-plan of BJP of tampering the EVMs is to frustrate me and our movement. They played this game to distance the OBCs and Muslims away from our movement. Please keep it in mind that I will not be frustrated and I will not allow you to get frustrated. I will break those conspirators who try to break me.


    MESSAGE TO THE PARTY WORKERS:

    1. I would like to tell you that what we are today is the result of the struggles of our ancestors. They did not get the fruits of their struggle, but we are enjoying them. We are better than our earlier generations due to the constitutional rights provided by Babasaheb Ambedkar. But we, the SC/ST/OBCs and Religious Minorities, are yet to get all the rights provided by him. We need to get the power to get the fullest benefits. But the manuvadis will not allow us so easily to get the power. They will play their dirty game to keep us away from the power of implementing the constitution.

    2. The Government under Jawaharlal Nehru promised Babasaheb of their support to pass the Hindu Code Bill in the Parliament. But they all opposed him when it was tabled in the Parliament. He had to resign in protest as the Law Minister in 1951. When he contested in the General Election of 1952, he was defeated by the Congress. There were no EVMs then and yet he was defeated. How? They had managed to spoil as much number of votes as he had secured over the Congress candidate. If they could defeat Babasaheb Ambedkar, even when there was ballot paper system, will they allow us so easily to win now? They will resort to any sort of mischief to prevent us from coming to power. It is our work to find the ways and means for every challenge we are faced with. We must prepare the Bahujan Samaj in support of our movement.

    3. Please keep it in mind that winning election and becoming MP/MLAs alone is not our goal. We must bring change in the lives of our people. How can we bring change unless we change ourselves? We must work as missionaries for the betterment of next generations. If we do not struggle now, our children will sure to become slaves once again in one or two generations.

    4. We cannot succeed in our mission unless we educate and unite all the constituents of Bahujan Samaj. The OBCs are our own brothers and sisters. They have been misguided to behave like duplicate Brahmins and Kshatriyas. Kindly educate them about the struggles of Babasaheb Ambedkar in getting them the Article 340 incorporated in Constitution. The recommendations of Mandal Commission were implemented only because of the struggles of BSP under the leadership of Manyawar Kanshi Ramji. In 1990, when Mr. V.P. Singh sought the support of BSP to form his Government in the Centre, we did not demand for any minister post in his Cabinet. We asked him to implement the Mandal Commission Recommendations and posthumous Bharat Ratna Award to Babasaheb Ambedkar. He promised and implemented them promptly. The credit for implementing the Mandal Commission Recommendations should be given to us. But we have allowed someone else to take this credit.

    5. The leaders of BJP had opposed the implementation of Mandal Commission Recommendations in 1990 and withdrew their support extended to Mr. V. P. Singh then. How these opponents of OBCs have become the benefactors of OBCs now? Mr. Narendra Modi claims himself as an OBC man. He belonged to a community called Danchi, which is an equivalent caste of Theli, which is an upper caste among Vyshyas in UP. He managed to include his community in the OBC list in 2000 when he was the chief minister of Gujarat. You must educate the OBCs about this historical truth.

    6. Similarly, the Muslims and Christians are the converts from SC/ST and OBC communities. Why did they get converted? They wanted to get rid of the discrimination in brahminical society and hence they left Hinduism. Are they happy now? No. They are still the victims of discriminations as they too are not yet secured the constitutional rights and protection. Educate them that unless they join our movement, they cannot get their due.

    7. You should not conduct public programs like bike rally, dharna, etc., as these would alert only your enemies. Go for close door cadre classes with 100-150 people and prepare them. You can launch struggles when they are required and when we instruct you.


    INSTRUCTIONS TO THE WORKERS OF OTHER STATES


    1. The defeat of BSP in UP is also due to your non-performance in your states. Manuvadis thought that BSP was powerful only in UP as there was no presence of BSP in other states. Hence, they put all their strength in UP and defeated us. Kindly, take efforts to build the party in other states too. Realize your responsibilities. Learn to think and behave like BSP missionaries to strengthen our party.  Keep working for the unity of all the castes and communities.

    2. Review the committees and change those who are not performing well. Enroll all those committee members every year.

    3. Never go after media for publicity. The media will only work against us as I already told you.

    4. Organize State-level Seminar on April 14, 2017, the Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti.


    Yours truly,

    GOPINATH

    State Coordinator

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    2170 Sun 19 Mar 2017 LESSON- E-FILING- INSTRUCTIONS FOR E-FILING REGISTRATION First time users of Supreme Court E-filing have to register him/her through the “Sign Up” option-http://www.hindustantimes.com/…/story-k0WRYaBWRPYaUI6HgzPDH… JUSTICE Karnan has taken the right decision to contact Ms Mayawati supremo of BSP on whom EVMs were tampered to to defeat the movement of the Chief Architect of our modern constitution Dr BR Ambedkar. Just because Ms Mayawati is a scheduled caste but working for the sarvajan samaj i.e., all societies and gave the best governance as CM of UP and ultimately the PM of this country, it was not tolerated by the brahmins in general and the chitpawa brahmins of RSS in particular. So they used the fraud EVMs to destroy the movement in general and the SC/STs in particular. Hence through a Techno-Politico-Socio Transformation and Econommic emancipation movement, there must be a demand to dissolve Central and state governments selected by these fraud EVMs and go for fresh polls with paper ballots.-
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    JUSTICE Karnan has taken the right decision to contact Ms Mayawati
    supremo of BSP on whom EVMs were tampered to to defeat the movement of
    the Chief Architect of our modern constitution Dr BR Ambedkar. Just
    because Ms Mayawati is a scheduled caste but working for the sarvajan
    samaj i.e., all societies and gave the best governance as CM of UP and
    ultimately the PM of this country, it was not tolerated by the brahmins
    in general and the chitpawa brahmins of RSS in particular. So they used
    the fraud EVMs to destroy the movement in general and the SC/STs in
    particular. Hence through a Techno-Politico-Socio Transformation and
    Econommic emancipation movement, there must be a demand to dissolve
    Central and state governments selected by these fraud EVMs and go for
    fresh polls with paper ballots.

    The ex CJI Sathasivam who
    committed a grave error of judgement by ordering that the EVMs could be
    replaced in a phased manner on the suggestion of ex CEC sampath and as a
    result all the governments must be punished.

    They must be asked
    to pay the entire Central Government budget to Mayawati as a fine and
    all those who oppose reservation to deprive the economy of the
    downtrodden to book under atrocities act and sent jails.

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    Karnan reaches out to Mayawati
    To hold protests across country; BSP chief has promised support, says lawyer

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/…/articlesh…/57698723.cms
    DGP, 100 policemen serve SC warrant, Karnan spurns it

    Avatar
    Right Response • a day ago

    Where there is an allegation of discrimination based on caste,its in
    order for SC to appoint a Panel of unbiased foreign Judges to hear the
    case.No Caste Judge can render justice to a Dalit who is supposed to be
    harassed by the Caste System.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/…/story-k0WRYaBWRPYaUI6HgzPDH…

    Calcutta HC Justice Karnan calls judiciary corrupt, brings up old allegations against HC judges
    india Updated: Mar 12, 2017 01:03 IST
    HT Correspondent
    HT Correspondent
    Hindustan Times, Kolkata
    Calcutta High Court
    Calcutta high court judge CS Karnan stepped up his tirade against the
    Supreme Court and his fellow judges on Saturday by releasing his written
    allegations against two Madas high court judges. (Representative Photo)

    Calcutta high court judge CS Karnan stepped up his tirade against the
    Supreme Court and his fellow judges on Saturday by releasing his written
    allegations against two Madas high court judges.

    He alleged that
    one had tampered records to get into service and amassed wealth through
    unfair means while the other had raped an intern.

    Justice Karnan
    had made these allegations in 2013 and 2014. “I wrote to the chief
    justice of Madras high court but no action has been taken against them. I
    brought specific allegations against 20 judges. But while those 20 are
    silent, a seven-member bench of the SC issued a warrant against me.
    Today I openly admit that Indian judiciary is corrupt,” Karnan said at a
    press conference at his residence .

    “These seven judges don’t
    know law. The SC did not apply mind. That’s why public confidence (in
    the judiciary) is decreasing day by day,” he said.

    Asked whether
    he would appear before the SC on or before the deadline (March 31),
    Karnan said “Why? For what purpose? This is a wrong order. It is out of
    law.”

    On Friday, Karnan had signed an order in front of the
    media at his residence, directing the Central Bureau of Investigation to
    “register, investigate and file a report before the appropriate court
    of law under Article 226 read with Section 482 CrPC to prevent abuse of
    process of any court….”

    “I am a sitting high court judge. Any
    place where I sit and pass an order becomes the court,” Karnan said.
    Asked whether he had the power to issue a directive even to the
    President, he however said: “I have humbly appealed to President. Who
    can direct the President of India?” Later he changed the word “direct”
    to “request.”

    When he was asked whether the director general of
    Bengal Police, who is supposed to execute the warrant, or the CBI had
    got in touch with him, Karnan said, “Not so far.” One of his associates,
    a lawyer of the Madras HC, said copies of Karnan’s order had been sent
    to the CBI as well as the judges of the SC.

    Asked whether it was
    appropriate for a sitting judge to talk to the media, Justice Karnan
    said, “It is a national issue. It should reach the people. Let there be
    transparency. What’s the secret? Nobody takes a suo motu warrant against
    a sitting judge.”


    KOLKATA:
    One hundred policemen led by the Bengal DGP had to retreat from Justice
    C S Karnan’s New Town residence on Friday after the Calcutta high
    court…
    timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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  • JUSTICE
    Karnan has taken the right decision to contact Ms Mayawati supremo of
    BSP on whom EVMs were tampered to to defeat the movement of the Chief
    Architect of our modern constitution Dr BR Ambedkar. Just because Ms
    Mayawati is a scheduled caste but working for the sarvajan samaj i.e.,
    all societies and gave the best governance as CM of UP and ultimately
    the PM of this country, it was not tolerated by the brahmins in general
    and the chitpawa brahmins of RSS in particular. So
    they used the fraud EVMs to destroy the movement in general and the
    SC/STs in particular. Hence through a Techno-Politico-Socio
    Transformation and Econommic emancipation movement, there must be a
    demand to dissolve Central and state governments selected by these fraud
    EVMs and go for fresh polls with paper ballots.

    The ex CJI Sathasivam who committed a grave error of judgement by
    ordering that the EVMs could be replaced in a phased manner on the
    suggestion of ex CEC sampath and as a result all the governments must be
    punished.

    They must be asked to pay the entire Central
    Government budget to Mayawati as a fine and all those who oppose
    reservation to deprive the economy of the downtrodden to book under
    atrocities act and sent jails.

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    To hold protests across country; BSP chief has promised support, says lawyer
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    IN THE
    SUPREME COURT OF INDIA


    CIVIL
    APPELLATE JURISDICTION


    CIVIL
    APPEAL NO.**** OF 2017

    (Arising
    out of SLP (Civil) No. 13735 of 2012)

    Bahujan Samaj Party

    ….
    Appellant(s)

    Versus

    Ex CJI Sathasivam Ex Election
    Commission of India Sampath

    ….
    Respondent(s) Narendra Modi, Mohan Bagawath, Amit Shah, Venkaiah naidu,

    WITH

    WRIT
    PETITION (C) NO. 406 OF 2012

    J U D G M
    E N T

    P.
    Sathasivam, CJI for Ballot Paprers until entire EVMs/VVPAT are replaced

    1)

    Leave
    granted.

    Civil
    Appeal @ SLP (C) No. 13735 of 2012

    2)

    This
    appeal is directed against the judgment and order

    dated
    17.01.2012 passed by the Division Bench of the High

    Court of
    Delhi at New Delhi in W.P.(C) No. 11879 of 2009

    whereby
    the High Court disposed of the petition by


    disallowing
    the prayer made by the appellant herein for

    issuance
    of a writ of


    mandamus


    directing
    the Election


    Commission
    of India (ECI)-Respondent herein to incorporate


    a system
    of Paper Ballots until entire  “paper trail/paper receipt” in the Electronic


    Voting
    Machines (EVMs) as a convincing proof that the EVM


    has
    rightly registered the vote cast by a voter in favour of a


    particular
    candidate.




    Being
    aggrieved of the above, the present appeal has


    been
    filed by way of special leave.


    Writ
    Petition (Civil) No. 406 of 2012


    4)


    One
    Jgatheesan Chandrasekharan, R Muniappa, Gopinath, Dr Ashok Siddharth, Rajendra Satyanarayan Gilda has filed this Writ


    Petition,
    under Article 32 of the Constitution of India, praying


    for
    issuance of a writ of


    mandamus/


    direction(s)
    directing the


    Union of
    India
    Narendra Modi, Mohan Bagawath, Amit Shah, Venkaiah naidu,

    WITH

    , the Chief Election Commissioner and the


    Technical
    Experts Committee-Respondent Nos. 1-3 herein


    respectively
    to effect the necessary modifications in the


    EVMs so
    as to allow the voters to verify their respective votes


    and to
    attach the printers to the EVMs with a facility to print


    the
    running record of the votes for the purpose of verification

     


    by the
    voters in the process of voting. He also prayed for a


    Page 


    3


    direction
    to frame guidelines and to effect necessary


    amendments
    in the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961.


    5)


    In view
    of the pendency of the appeal filed by Dr.


    Subramanian
    Swamy, this Court issued notice in the writ


    petition
    and tagged with the said appeal.


    6)


    Heard Dr.
    Subramanian Swamy, appellant-in-person in


    the
    appeal, Dr. R.R. Deshpande, learned counsel for the writ


    petitioner,
    Mr. Ashok Desai and Ms. Meenakshi Arora, learned


    senior
    counsel for the ECI.


    Contentions:


    7)


    Dr.
    Subramanian Swamy, the appellant herein


    contended
    before this Court that the present system of


    EVMs, as
    utilized in the last few general elections in India,


    does not
    meet all the requirements of the international


    standards
    and though the ECI maintains that the EVMs


    cannot be
    tampered with, but the fact is that EVMs, like all


    electronic
    equipments, are open to hacking.


    8)


    The
    appellant has further highlighted that the instant


    matter
    arises out of the refusal of the ECI to incorporate a


    certain
    obvious safeguard in the EVMs called “paper


    backup”,
    “paper receipt” or “paper trail”, presently in use


    and
    mandated in some countries like USA, which would easily


    and
    cheaply meet the requirement of proof that the EVM has


    rightly
    registered the vote cast by a voter. The appellant has


    further
    highlighted that the “paper trail” system is to


    supplement
    the procedure of voting as in this procedure,


    after
    recording a vote in the EVM, a print out will come out


    which
    will appraise the voter that his vote has been rightly


    registered
    and the same will be deposited in a box which can


    only be used
    by the ECI in case of election dispute.


    9)


    It is the
    categorical stand of the appellant that the


    above
    said system will bring more accuracy in the present


    system
    and if a particular election is challenged on the


    ground
    that some particular identified voter’s voter or the


    votes of
    a group of voters have been suppressed/have not


    been
    correctly assigned by the EVMs, the accepted current


    procedure
    is for a re-run of the same EVMs for a re-count,


    however,
    under the new procedure, a re-count will be of the


    receipts
    in the ballot box containing the printouts the EVMs

     

    5


    had
    issued to the voter thereby ensuring more transparency


    in the
    process.


    10)


    The writ
    petitioner has also raised similar contentions as


    those of
    Dr. Swamy. According to the petitioner, in the


    present
    system of voting through EVMs, there is no such


    facility
    by which a voter can verify and confirm his own


    voting.
    At present, a voter presses a button only but cannot


    ascertain
    the actual voting. He is not sure whether his vote


    is
    recorded or not, if recorded, whether it is recorded in


    favour of
    the person to whom it was intended or not.


    Whether
    it is valid or invalid and whether it is counted or not.


    It is
    submitted by the petitioner that unless and until answers


    to these
    questions are personally seen by the voter, it cannot


    be said
    that voting is made by him because “pressing a


    button of
    choice and getting flashed the red-light” is not


    actual
    voting in real sense unless the voter knows well that


    what has happened
    in consequence of pressing a button of


    his
    choice from the EVMs.


    Stand of
    the Election Commission of India

     

    Page 


    6


    11)


    Mr. Ashok
    Desai, learned senior counsel for the ECI


    submitted
    that the apprehension that EVMs could be


    tampered
    with is baseless. It was also informed to this Court


    that the
    ECI has been exploring the possibility of


    incorporating
    a viable Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail


    (VVPAT)
    system as a part of the presently used EVMs to


    make the
    election system more transparent. Further, it was


    brought
    to our notice that the ECI conducted field trials for


    VVPAT
    system earlier also but the same had not been


    successful
    and were discontinued. The ECI also filed a


    counter
    affidavit stating that the EVMs provided by the


    Commission
    are of such a high end technology that it cannot


    be
    hacked.


    12)
    Referring to Section 61A of the Representation of the


    People
    Act, 1951, it is submitted that the Statute itself


    provides
    for recording of votes by EVMs and the ECI has been


    given the
    discretion to prescribe recording of votes by such


    EVMs as
    it may deem fit. This discretion has to be exercised


    in a
    manner to preserve the sanctity of the election process


    and
    ensure that the election is conducted in a free and fair


    6




    Heard Dr.
    Subramanian Swamy, appellant-in-person in


    the
    appeal, Dr. R.R. Deshpande, learned counsel for the writ


    petitioner,
    Mr. Ashok Desai and Ms. Meenakshi Arora, learned


    senior
    counsel for the ECI.


    Contentions:


    7)


    Dr.
    Subramanian Swamy, the appellant herein


    contended
    before this Court that the present system of


    EVMs, as
    utilized in the last few general elections in India,


    does not
    meet all the requirements of the international


    standards
    and though the ECI maintains that the EVMs


    cannot be
    tampered with, but the fact is that EVMs, like all


    electronic
    equipments, are open to hacking.


    8)


    The
    appellant has further highlighted that the instant


    matter
    arises out of the refusal of the ECI to incorporate a


    certain
    obvious safeguard in the EVMs called “paper


    backup”,
    “paper receipt” or “paper trail”, presently in use


    and
    mandated in some countries like USA, which would easily


    and
    cheaply meet the requirement of proof that the EVM has


    rightly
    registered the vote cast by a voter. The appellant has


    further
    highlighted that the “paper trail” system is to


    supplement
    the procedure of voting as in this procedure,


    after
    recording a vote in the EVM, a print out will come out


    which
    will appraise the voter that his vote has been rightly


    registered
    and the same will be deposited in a box which can


    only be used
    by the ECI in case of election dispute.


    9)


    It is the
    categorical stand of the appellant that the


    above
    said system will bring more accuracy in the present


    system
    and if a particular election is challenged on the


    ground
    that some particular identified voter’s voter or the


    votes of
    a group of voters have been suppressed/have not


    been
    correctly assigned by the EVMs, the accepted current


    procedure
    is for a re-run of the same EVMs for a re-count,


    however,
    under the new procedure, a re-count will be of the


    receipts
    in the ballot box containing the printouts the EVMs

     

    5


    had
    issued to the voter thereby ensuring more transparency


    in the
    process.


    10)


    The writ
    petitioner has also raised similar contentions as


    those of
    Dr. Swamy. According to the petitioner, in the


    present
    system of voting through EVMs, there is no such


    facility
    by which a voter can verify and confirm his own


    voting.
    At present, a voter presses a button only but cannot


    ascertain
    the actual voting. He is not sure whether his vote


    is
    recorded or not, if recorded, whether it is recorded in


    favour of
    the person to whom it was intended or not.


    Whether
    it is valid or invalid and whether it is counted or not.


    It is
    submitted by the petitioner that unless and until answers


    to these
    questions are personally seen by the voter, it cannot


    be said
    that voting is made by him because “pressing a


    button of
    choice and getting flashed the red-light” is not


    actual
    voting in real sense unless the voter knows well that


    what has happened
    in consequence of pressing a button of


    his
    choice from the EVMs.


    Stand of
    the Election Commission of India

     

    Page 


    6


    11)


    Mr. Ashok
    Desai, learned senior counsel for the ECI


    submitted
    that the apprehension that EVMs could be


    tampered
    with is baseless. It was also informed to this Court


    that the
    ECI has been exploring the possibility of


    incorporating
    a viable Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail


    (VVPAT)
    system as a part of the presently used EVMs to


    make the
    election system more transparent. Further, it was


    brought
    to our notice that the ECI conducted field trials for


    VVPAT
    system earlier also but the same had not been


    successful
    and were discontinued. The ECI also filed a


    counter
    affidavit stating that the EVMs provided by the


    Commission
    are of such a high end technology that it cannot


    be
    hacked.


    12)
    Referring to Section 61A of the Representation of the


    People
    Act, 1951, it is submitted that the Statute itself


    provides
    for recording of votes by EVMs and the ECI has been


    given the
    discretion to prescribe recording of votes b

    y such


    EVMs as
    it may deem fit. This discretion has to be exercised


    in a
    manner to preserve the sanctity of the election process


    and
    ensure that the election is conducted in a free and fair


    6


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    7
    manner. The ECI has exercised due diligence to ensure that
    EVMs so used are “tamper proof” and it is also in the process
    of exploring to incorporate VVPAT system which is
    compatible with the present EVMs used by it. It is asserted
    that there is no instance of tampering with EVMs so far by
    anyone.
    13)
    It is further submitted that the EVMs used in India are
    unique and unlike the ones used in the elections in USA and
    other countries, which are personal computer based. EVMs
    deployed by the ECI have been lauded not only in India but
    also abroad. EVM’s Control Unit retains in the memory each
    vote recorded elector-wise. The information stored in the
    memory of the Control Unit can be retrieved by using a
    device called the “decoder” which, when attached to the
    Control Unit of EVM, can print out the statement of voting
    data showing the order in which each voter has voted and to
    whom he has voted.
    14)
    Insofar as the transparency of the election process as
    well as the right of a voter to know whether his vote has
    actually been recorded for the candidate for whom it was
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    cast is concerned, it is submitted that as soon as a vote is
    recorded by a voter by pressing the “candidate’s” button on
    the Ballot Unit, a light glows against the name and symbol of
    the candidate, which the voter can see for himself/ herself.
    This is a visual (electronic) assurance to the voter that the
    candidate for whom he has cast his vote has actually got that
    vote. Thereafter, the light goes off to protect the secrecy of
    voting.
    15)
    It is further submitted that the feasibility of VVPAT
    system was sought to be explored to by various political
    parties and they were explained the technical and
    administrative safeguards. The ECI also constituted a
    Technical Experts Committee to examine the viability of the
    VVPAT system. On 27.05.2011, the Technical Experts
    Committee, after discussion with political parties and civil
    society members and also after seeing the demonstration of
    the prototype VVPAT system developed by M/s. Bharat
    Electronics Ltd. (BEL) and M/s. Electronics Corporation of
    India Ltd. (ECIL), recommended that a field test of the
    prototype VVPAT system should be carried out in a simulated
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    election under different environmental conditions in
    Jaisalmer, Thiruvananthapuram, Delhi, Leh and Cherapunji.
    The ECI also held further meetings with the manufacturers of
    EVMs on various dates to fine tune the system and expedite
    the follow up action required. Several meetings were also
    held with the Expert Committee on VVPAT system.
    16)
    In wider fulfillment of the objectives of the field trial, the
    ECI has requested the National and State parties to extend
    necessary cooperation by getting involved in the trial process
    actively and also witness the trial in order to have a first
    hand experience of the system. The ECI has also requested
    the individuals including the appellant – Dr. Subramanian
    Swamy and the groups, who have been engaged with the ECI
    on the issue of EVM-VVPAT, to witness the trial.
    17) We have carefully perused the relevant materials and
    considered the rival contentions.
    Discussion
    18)
    When the matter was listed before this Court for
    hearing on 27.09.2012, Mr. Ashok Desai had brought to our
    notice that the ECI is contemplating foolproof method in
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    EVMs for which they are taking various steps in consultation
    with the Technical Experts Committee and the views of all
    recognized political parties. Mr. Desai also promised to
    appraise this Court about the deliberations and the ultimate
    decision to be taken by them in this regard. Accordingly, this
    Court granted sufficient time to the ECI to file Status Report
    regarding introduction of VVPAT system in EVMs to be used
    in the elections.
    19)
    Pursuant to the directions of this Court, the ECI filed a
    Status Report on the developments of VVPAT system. In the
    said report, the ECI, citing various technicalities, prayed for
    further time to make the system more robust for the field
    conditions.
    20)
    On 15.12.2012, M/s BEL, Bangalore filed a report
    showing the status of development of VVPAT system which
    contains changes that have been carried out in VVPAT from
    September to December, 2012 and also furnished
    chronological changes made in VVPAT system after the field
    trial of the VVPAT system held in July and August, 2012.
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    21)
    Pursuant to the directions of this Court, the Secretary,
    ECI, filed an affidavit highlighting the following steps/
    information:
    (i)
    That vide its Affidavit dated 14.01.2013, the
    Commission had filed the status report regarding
    introduction of the VVPAT system in the Electronic
    Voting Machines (EVMs).
    (ii)
    That subsequently, in the Technical Expert
    Committee meeting held on 04.02.2013, the
    Committee approved the design of the VVPAT and
    decided that software fine tuning will be done and
    completed by the end of February, 2013, and
    modified design specifications will be submitted to
    the Technical Expert Committee for approval.
    The Committee also recommended that the
    Commission may for using the VVPAT and that the
    VVPAT should be tried in a bye-election.
    (iii)
    That in the Technical Expert Committee
    meeting held on 19.02.2013, the Committee
    finalized the VVPAT design.
    The manufacturers, namely, M/s. Bharat Electronics
    Limited and M/s. Electronics Corporation of India
    Limited have quoted Rs. 16,200/- (excluding duties,
    taxes and transport charges) per VVPAT system.
    The Commission has decided to purchase sufficient
    units of VVPAT for trials in a Bye-election, at an
    approximate cost of Rs.72,90,000/- (Rupees seventy
    two lakh ninety thousand) approximately.
    (iv)
    It is submitted that the Commission will
    require approximately 13 lakh VVPAT units to be
    manufactures for 13 lakh EVMs presently available
    and roughly about Rs. 1690 crores (One Thousand
    Six Hundred Ninety Crores)(i.e. 13 lakh units x
    Rs.13,000 per unit) are required for the purpose of
    implementation of the VVPAT system taking into
    account the possible reduction in the cost per unit
    when produced in bulk.
    (v)
    It is further submitted that in order to
    implement the new system the Conduct of Election
    Rules, 1961 will require certain amendments.
    In this connection, vide letter No.
    3/1/2013/Vol.II/SDR/86 dated 28.03.2013, the
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    Commission has informed the Legislative
    Department of the Ministry of Law and Justice
    inter
    alia
    the various amendments required to the
    relevant parts of Rules 49A to 49X, 66A, 55C, 56C,
    57C and Form 17C of the Conduct of Elections Rules,
    1961, as well as introduction of Rules 49MA and 56D
    in the said Rules…
    (vi)
    That the Commission has called for a meeting
    of all the recognized National and State Parties on
    10
    th
    May, 2013 for the purpose of demonstration of
    VVPAT unit to them and for discussion with them for
    eliciting their views regarding use of VVPAT system
    in the elections. The petitioner herein and others
    interested in the matter would also be invited at the
    meeting.”
    22)
    It is seen from the records that after various
    deliberations with the experts and persons concerned with
    the technology, the Technical Experts Committee approved
    the final design of VVPAT units in its meeting held on
    19.01.2013. In order to meet the directions of this Court and
    for proper execution of VVPAT system, as noticed above, the
    ECI in its letter dated 28.03.2013, addressed to the Secretary
    to the Government of India, Ministry of Law and Justice stated
    that necessary ground work for amendment to the Conduct
    of Election Rules, 1961 (in relevant parts in Rules 49A to 49X,
    66A, 55C, 56C, 57C and Form 17C) may be made so that the
    amendment to the Rules can be notified immediately which
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    will enable the ECI to use the VVPAT system in bye-elections
    in consultation with the political parties. By placing all those
    materials, the ECI requested the Ministry of Law and Justice
    for drafting and notifying amendment Rules expeditiously.
    23)
    From the materials placed by the ECI, it is noted that
    the purchase order has been placed with M/s BEL and M/s
    ECIL for supplying 150 and 300 VVPAT units respectively at
    Rs. 16,200/- per unit excluding excise duty, sales tax and
    transportation etc. costing Rs. 72,90,000/- (approx.). The ECI
    has also highlighted that if the VVPAT systems are ultimately
    to be used with all the 13 lakh EVMs available, the total cost
    in the purchase of VVPAT units may come to about Rs. 1,690
    crores, taking into account the possible reduction in the cost
    per unit due to bulk production the cost may come to Rs.
    13,000/- per unit approximately.
    24)
    The affidavit dated 21.08.2013, filed on behalf of the
    ECI, shows that the Ministry of Law and Justice, on
    24.07.2013, referred the draft notification to amend the
    Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 to provide for use of VVPAT
    system of elections to the ECI for its views and comments.
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    The ECI suggested certain minor modifications in the draft
    notification and sent the same back to the Ministry of Law
    and Justice on 02.08.2013 with a request to notify the
    amendment Rules at the earliest. Accordingly, the Ministry
    of Law and Justice notified the amendments to the Conduct
    of Election Rules, 1961 in the Gazette of India vide
    notification No. S.O. 2470(E) dated 14.08.2013 to enable use
    of VVPAT with EVMs.
    25)
    The aforesaid affidavit of the ECI also shows that the
    ECI had also convened a meeting of all the recognized
    National and State political parties on 10.05.2013 and
    demonstrated before their representatives the working of
    VVPAT system. Separately, on the same day, the ECI also
    held a meeting with individuals including the appellant
    herein who had been engaged with the ECI over the past
    several years regarding the functioning of EVMs. VVPAT
    system was demonstrated before them as well.
    Representatives of political parties and other individuals
    expressed their satisfaction over the VVPAT system.
    Thereafter, the ECI had decided to use the VVPAT system in
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    the bye-election from 51-Noksen (ST) Assembly Constituency
    in the State of Nagaland. Instructions were issued to hold
    special meetings with the contesting candidates in that
    constituency to brief them about the use of VVPAT system.
    The ECI also organized special training sessions for poll
    officers for the use of VVPAT and steps were taken to
    educate the electors for the same.
    26)
    After various hearings, when the matter was heard on
    4.10.2013, an affidavit dated 01.10.2013 filed on behalf of
    the ECI was placed before this Court. The said affidavit was
    filed to place on record the performance/result of the
    introduction of the VVPAT system in the bye-election from
    51-Noksen (ST) Assembly Constituency of Nagaland for which
    the poll was conducted on 04.09.2013 indicating the future
    course of action to be decided by the ECI on the basis of said
    performance. By this affidavit, it was brought to our notice
    that since VVPAT system was being used for the first time,
    the ECI has decided that intensive training shall be given to
    the polling officers. Members of the Technical Experts
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    actual use of VVPAT in the bye-election. It is further stated
    that the ECI also wrote letters to all the recognized political
    parties and other persons, including the appellant herein,
    engaged with the ECI on this subject inviting them to witness
    the use of VVPAT. It is also brought to our notice that VVPAT
    was successfully used in all the 21 polling stations of 51-
    Noksen (ST) Assembly Constituency of Nagaland. It was also
    stated that as per the Rules, the paper slips of VVPAT shall
    not be counted normally except in case the Returning Officer
    decides to count them on an application submitted by any of
    the candidates. However, since VVPAT system was being
    used for the first time in any election, the ECI decided on its
    own to count paper slips of VVPAT in respect of all polling
    stations. According to the ECI, no discrepancy was found
    between the electronic and paper count.
    27)
    In the said affidavit, it is finally stated that the ECI has
    decided to increase the use of VVPAT units in a phased
    manner and for this purpose the ECI has already written to
    the Government of India, Ministry of Law and Justice to issue
    administrative and financial sanction for procurement of
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    20,000 units of VVPAT (10,000 each from M/s BEL and M/s
    ECIL) costing about Rs. 38.01 crore.
    28)
    Though initially the ECI was little reluctant in
    introducing “paper trail” by use of VVPAT, taking note of the
    advantage in the system as demonstrated by Dr.
    Subramanian Swamy, we issued several directions to the
    ECI . Pursuant to the same, the ECI contacted several expert
    bodies, technical advisers, etc. They also had various
    meetings with National and State level political parties,
    demonstrations were conducted at various places and finally
    after a thorough examination and full discussion, VVPAT was
    used successfully in all the 21 polling stations of 51-Noksen
    (ST) Assembly Constituency of Nagaland. The information
    furnished by the ECI, through the affidavit dated 01.10.2013,
    clearly shows that VVPAT system is a successful one. We
    have already highlighted that VVPAT is a system of printing
    paper trail when the voter casts his vote, in addition to the
    electronic record of the ballot, for the purpose of verification
    of his choice of candidate and also for manual counting of
    votes in case of dispute.
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    29)
    From the materials placed by both the sides, we are
    satisfied that the “paper trail” is an indispensable
    requirement of free and fair elections. The confidence of the
    voters in the EVMs can be achieved only with the
    introduction of the “paper trail”. EVMs with VVPAT system
    ensure the accuracy of the voting system. With an intent to
    have fullest transparency in the system and to restore the
    confidence of the voters, it is necessary to set up EVMs with
    VVPAT system because vote is nothing but an act of
    expression which has immense importance in democratic
    system.
    30)
    In the light of the above discussion and taking notice of
    the pragmatic and reasonable approach of the ECI and
    considering the fact that in general elections all over India,
    the ECI has to handle one million (ten lakhs) polling booths,
    we permit the ECI to introduce the same in gradual stages or
    geographical-wise in the ensuing general elections. The
    area, State or actual booth(s) are to be decided by the ECI
    and the ECI is free to implement the same in a phased


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    manner. We appreciate the efforts and good gesture made
    by the ECI in introducing the same.
    31)
    For implementation of such a system (VVPAT) in a
    phased manner, the Government of India is directed to
    provide required financial assistance for procurement of units
    of VVPAT.
    32)
    Before parting with the case, we record our appreciation
    for the efforts made by Dr. Subramanian Swamy as well as
    the ECI, in particular Mr. Ashok Desai and Ms. Meenakshi
    Arora, learned senior counsel for the ECI.
    33)
    With the above directions, the appeal and the writ
    petition are disposed of. No separate order is required in the
    applications for intervention. Both sides are permitted to
    approach this Court for further direction(s), if need arises.
    ………………………………………….CJI
    (P. SATHASIVAM)
    ………………………………………..J.
    (RANJAN GOGOI)
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    Mayawati returns to the drawing board


    Party posts have been reassigned to include more OBCs, who abandoned the BSP during the recent Assembly elections

    After a dismal showing in Uttar Pradesh elections, the Bahujan Samaj
    Party has wasted no time and is back to the drawing board to stitch
    together a rainbow coalition of castes with a special focus on the Other
    Backward Communities, which observers feel deserted it in large
    numbers.

    The BSP had experimented with a SC/ST-Muslim combination
    for the Assembly polls even as a number of leaders belonging to the
    backward castes jumped ship to join the BJP.

    The party has re-organised its community-based bhaichara (brotherhood) committees and assigned duties to top leaders to increase presence among various castes.

    Office bearers

    The rainbow caste alliances are also
    reflected in the party’s choices for posts in the legislature. Senior
    leader Lalji Verma has been nominated leader of the Legislature Party.
    Mr. Verma, a four-time MLA and former minister, is a Kurmi, among the
    largest backward castes in the State.

    After Swami Prasad Maurya,
    an OBC, quit the party last year to join the BJP just months before the
    election, BSP chief Mayawati had nominated Gaya Charan Dinkar, a fellow
    Jatav (Dalit) as the Leader of the Opposition. Mr. Dinkar however, lost
    his seat in the polls. Uma Shankar Singh, MLA from Rasara in Ballia, has
    been appointed deputy leader in the Vidhan Sabha. Mr. Singh is a
    Kshatriya and one of the few BSP MLAs who won with a handsome margin.

    One
    of the BSP’s Brahmin faces and old loyalist Ramveer Upadhyaya has been
    named chief whip, while Hargovind Bhargava, a Pasi (Dalit), and Shah
    Alam alias Guddu Jamali, a Muslim MLA from Azamgarh, have been made
    whips of the legislature party.

    To increase outreach among various
    castes, BSP chief Mayawati has also handed out responsibilities to more
    than a dozen leaders. Sources said a special focus would be on the 17
    most backward castes (MBCs), which have steadily deserted the BSP over
    the last decade.

    “The
    process of distributing responsibilities will continue. We have been
    asked to increase presence of the party among these castes and approach
    them with new formats,” said a senior BSP leader from Bundelkhand.

    Banking on Kanshiram

    Party
    sources also said leaders have been instructed to gather at least 100
    “influential or active persons” belonging to the castes assigned to them
    from each of the 403 Vidhan Sabhas. Old speeches of BSP founder
    Kanshiram would also be played in every village to connect youth with
    him. “For that purpose, various coordinators have been asked to purchase
    projectors,” said a source, who attended Ms. Mayawati’s meeting of
    elected legislators and co-coordinators held in Lucknow on Thursday.

    While
    Rajya Sabha member Satish Mishra continues to be responsible for
    connecting Brahmins to the BSP, Mayawati-aide Nasimuddin Siddiqui and
    his son Afzal Siddiqui will do the job among Muslims.

    Uma Shankar
    Singh will be in-charge of bringing Thakurs into the BSP fold in
    Purvanchal, while Thakur Jaiveer Singh will play the same role in west
    UP.

    Ram Achal Rajbhar, besides holding the post of State
    president, is in-charge of connecting with Rajbhars, a most backward
    caste. Similarly, Lalji Verma is assigned the Kurmi caste, while former
    Leader of the Opposition Gaya Charan Dinkar will work among the
    Prajapatis, also an MBC.

    Former MLC Virendra Chauhan is in-charge
    of the noniya chauhans (a backward caste), R.S. Kushwaha, of the Maurya
    and Kushwaha communities, former MLC Lal Chand Nishad has been given the
    riverine Mallah communities while the Kashyap community (OBC) will be
    under Ram Murti, a party coordinator from Bareilly.

    Apart from
    reorganising the party, the BSP has also plans to stage demonstrations
    on the 11th of every month on their opposition to EVMs. The BSP has
    alleged that its poor showing in the elections was due to tampering of
    EVMs. The protests will be staged in every district headquarters in U.P.
    and other State capitals.

    Meanwhile, the
    resignations from the party continue. Former Minister Kamla Kant Gautam
    and former OSD to Ms. Mayawati, Gangaram Ambedkar, have quit the party
    accusing the chief of straying from the path of Kanshiram.

    ×

    There is a Tamil adage “yanai vizhunthaal aadu kooda kitte poi vaalaattumam”-When an elephant falls ,even a goat would dare go near and wag its tail.

    BSP never said all these. ‘The Hindu’ being the most progressive on planet earth
    can’t think beyond caste/religion!

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/after-loss-mayawati-returns-to-the-drawing-board/article17523892.ece


    Mayawati returns to the drawing board



    Party posts have been reassigned to include more OBCs, who abandoned the BSP during the recent Assembly elections

    After a dismal showing in Uttar Pradesh elections, the Bahujan Samaj
    Party has wasted no time and is back to the drawing board to stitch
    together a rainbow coalition of castes with a special focus on the Other
    Backward Communities, which observers feel deserted it in large
    numbers.

    The BSP had experimented with a Dalit-Muslim combination
    for the Assembly polls even as a number of leaders belonging to the
    backward castes jumped ship to join the BJP.

    The party has re-organised its community-based bhaichara (brotherhood) committees and assigned duties to top leaders to increase presence among various castes.

    Office bearers

    The
    rainbow caste alliances are also reflected in the party’s choices for
    posts in the legislature. Senior leader Lalji Verma has been nominated
    leader of the Legislature Party. Mr. Verma, a four-time MLA and former
    minister, is a Kurmi, among the largest backward castes in the State.

    After
    Swami Prasad Maurya, an OBC, quit the party last year to join the BJP
    just months before the election, BSP chief Mayawati had nominated Gaya
    Charan Dinkar, a fellow Jatav (Dalit) as the Leader of the Opposition.
    Mr. Dinkar however, lost his seat in the polls. Uma Shankar Singh, MLA
    from Rasara in Ballia, has been appointed deputy leader in the Vidhan
    Sabha. Mr. Singh is a Kshatriya and one of the few BSP MLAs who won with
    a handsome margin.

    One of the BSP’s Brahmin faces and old
    loyalist Ramveer Upadhyaya has been named chief whip, while Hargovind
    Bhargava, a Pasi (Dalit), and Shah Alam alias Guddu Jamali, a Muslim MLA
    from Azamgarh, have been made whips of the legislature party.

    To
    increase outreach among various castes, BSP chief Mayawati has also
    handed out responsibilities to more than a dozen leaders. Sources said a
    special focus would be on the 17 most backward castes (MBCs), which
    have steadily deserted the BSP over the last decade.

    “The
    process of distributing responsibilities will continue. We have been
    asked to increase presence of the party among these castes and approach
    them with new formats,” said a senior BSP leader from Bundelkhand.

    Banking on Kanshiram

    Party
    sources also said leaders have been instructed to gather at least 100
    “influential or active persons” belonging to the castes assigned to them
    from each of the 403 Vidhan Sabhas. Old speeches of BSP founder
    Kanshiram would also be played in every village to connect youth with
    him. “For that purpose, various coordinators have been asked to purchase
    projectors,” said a source, who attended Ms. Mayawati’s meeting of
    elected legislators and co-coordinators held in Lucknow on Thursday.

    While
    Rajya Sabha member Satish Mishra continues to be responsible for
    connecting Brahmins to the BSP, Mayawati-aide Nasimuddin Siddiqui and
    his son Afzal Siddiqui will do the job among Muslims.

    Uma Shankar
    Singh will be in-charge of bringing Thakurs into the BSP fold in
    Purvanchal, while Thakur Jaiveer Singh will play the same role in west
    UP.

    Ram Achal Rajbhar, besides holding the post of State
    president, is in-charge of connecting with Rajbhars, a most backward
    caste. Similarly, Lalji Verma is assigned the Kurmi caste, while former
    Leader of the Opposition Gaya Charan Dinkar will work among the
    Prajapatis, also an MBC.

    Former MLC Virendra Chauhan is in-charge
    of the noniya chauhans (a backward caste), R.S. Kushwaha, of the Maurya
    and Kushwaha communities, former MLC Lal Chand Nishad has been given the
    riverine Mallah communities while the Kashyap community (OBC) will be
    under Ram Murti, a party coordinator from Bareilly.

    Apart from
    reorganising the party, the BSP has also plans to stage demonstrations
    on the 11th of every month on their opposition to EVMs. The BSP has
    alleged that its poor showing in the elections was due to tampering of
    EVMs. The protests will be staged in every district headquarters in U.P.
    and other State capitals.

    Meanwhile, the
    resignations from the party continue. Former Minister Kamla Kant Gautam
    and former OSD to Ms. Mayawati, Gangaram Ambedkar, have quit the party
    accusing the chief of straying from the path of Kanshiram.


    http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/justice-karnan-rejects-warrant-issued-by-sc/article17524652.ece

    Justice Karnan rejects warrant issued by SC



    Seeks Rs. 14 cr. in damages from Bench for stopping his work

    Calcutta High Court judge C.S. Karnan has “refused to accept” the bailable warrant issued against him by the Supreme Court in a
    suo motu
    contempt of court order.

    On Friday, West Bengal Director General
    of Police (DGP), Surajit Kar Purkayastha, along with several
    high-ranking officials went to Justice Karnan’s residence in the New
    Town area on the eastern fringes of the city to hand over the warrant.

    “I
    rejected the same [the warrant] after assigning valid reasons. This
    kind of demeaning acts from your Lordships and further perpetrating the
    Atrocities Act ( Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes [ Prevention of
    Atrocities Act], 1989) is absolutely out of law to the utter
    embarrassment of a Dalit judge,” Justice Karnan stated in a letter to
    the seven-judge Bench of the Supreme Court.

    ‘Stop harassment’

    He also urged the Bench to “stop further harassments” and “uphold the dignity and decorum of our courts.”

    Justice
    Karnan sought a compensation of Rs. 14 crore from the seven judges of
    the Supreme Court for having stopped his judicial and administrative
    work.

    In the letter he accused them of having disturbed his mind
    and his normal life, “besides you have insulted me in the general
    public…”

    “Now all seven Judges shall pay a part of the
    compensation within a period of seven days from the date of receipt of
    this order,” he said.

    The Supreme Court had earlier directed the DGP to serve the warrant on him.

    Accordingly, the police team reached the judge’s house on Friday.

    “The
    DGP of West Bengal, the ADGP of Intelligence-Criminal Investigation
    Department [CID] and a Superintendent of Police [SP] from Tamil Nadu,
    along with about 20 police personnel, came to Justice Karnan’s residence
    today [Friday] to hand over the warrant. But he refused to accept it,”
    Justice Karnan’s lawyer W. Peter Ramesh told
    The Hindu
    .

    He alleged that the police personnel “barged into the compound” of Justice Karnan’s residence.

    “Not only did they [the police] enter the compound by force but they also slapped a security guard of the building,” he said.

    He said that they were “considering legal action” against the police for “barging and trespassing” into the judge’s residence.

    No force used: Police

    However,
    State police officials not only claimed that Justice Karnan “accepted”
    the warrant but also denied the allegation that they had forcefully
    entered the judge’s residence.

    Speaking to
    The Hindu
    , Additional Director General of CID Rajesh Kumar, who visited the
    judge’s residence said he had “accepted” it. “He gave his observation on
    the warrant in writing and accepted it,” said Mr. Kumar.

    Last
    month the Supreme Court issued a contempt of court notice against
    Justice Karnan for allegedly degrading the judicial institution.

    (
    With PTI inputs)

    ×


    http://ahmedabadmirror.indiatimes.com/news/india/justice-karnan-rejects-warrant-issued-by-sc/articleshow/57695476.cms

    Justice Karnan rejects warrant issued by SC

    Calcutta
    High Court judge Justice C S Karnan showed no signs of relenting on
    Friday when attempts were made to deliver to him a bailable warrant
    issued by the Supreme Court in a contempt case to ensure his appearance
    before it on March 31. In a letter to the 7-judge bench headed by Chief
    Justice J S Khehar that issued the warrant, Justice Karnan said he
    rejected the warrant. Justice Karnan has sought a compensation of Rs 14
    crore from the seven SC judges for having stopped his judicial and
    administrative work. The SC initiated contempt proceedings against
    Justice Karnan after he continuously levelled allegations against the
    Madras high court chief justice and other judges. But he has said that
    the SC judges have no rights to issue a warrant against a sitting judge
    and alleged that he was being targeted for being a SC.


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    http://calcuttahighcourt.nic.in/bio/cs-karnan.htm


    Calcutta High Court



    The Hon’ble Justice C.S. Karnan




     


    Justice Chinnaswamy Swaminathan   Karnan was born on 12.06.1955 at
    Karnatham Village, Virudhachalam Taluk, Cuddalore District.  His
    father was a retired teacher and had secured the President of India,
    award for being a Good teacher.  His late mother Kamalam Ammal was a
    house wife and a tutor for her children.


                Studied up to High School level at Mangalampet High
    School, thereafter completed the Pre-University Course, at
    Virudhachalam Arts College.  Thereafter, His Lordship completed B. Sc.
    graduation at the New College, Chennai.  Subsequently, embarked on law
    study at Madras Law College and completed the Course in the year
    1983.   Immediately, thereafter, enrolled as Advocate before the Bar
    Counsel of Tamil Nadu and started practice in the Civil Side.  During
    practice of law, was selected as legal adviser of the Metro Water,
    Government Advocate in Civil Suits and also Standing Counsel for the
    Central Government.  During the tenure of higher studies, was involved
    in various Social assignments besides NCC and NSS.  Served as a Judge
    at the Madras High Court for the last 8 years and gaining steadily in
    the field of Judicial assignments and reform.


    Transferred to Calcutta High Court on Mar 11, 2016


     


     

     




     


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    Justice
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    C. S. Karnan

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    JUSTICE
    Karnan has taken the right decision to contact Ms Mayawati supremo of
    BSP on whom EVMs were tampered to to defeat the movement of the Chief
    Architect of our modern constitution Dr BR Ambedkar. Just because Ms
    Mayawati is a scheduled caste but working for the sarvajan samaj i.e.,
    all societies and gave the best governance as CM of UP and ultimately
    the PM of this country, it was not tolerated by the brahmins in general
    and the chitpawa brahmins of RSS in particular. So
    they used the fraud EVMs to destroy the movement in general and the
    SC/STs in particular. Hence through a Techno-Politico-Socio
    Transformation and Econommic emancipation movement, there must be a
    demand to dissolve Central and state governments selected by these fraud
    EVMs and go for fresh polls with paper ballots.

    The ex CJI Sathasivam who committed a grave error of judgement by
    ordering that the EVMs could be replaced in a phased manner on the
    suggestion of ex CEC sampath and as a result all the governments must be
    punished.

    They must be asked to pay the entire Central
    Government budget to Mayawati as a fine and all those who oppose
    reservation to deprive the economy of the downtrodden to book under
    atrocities act and sent jails.

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    To hold protests across country; BSP chief has promised support, says lawyer

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/dgp-100-policemen-serve-sc-warrant-karnan-spurns-it/articleshow/57698723.cms

    DGP, 100 policemen serve SC warrant, Karnan spurns it


    Right Response

    a day ago

    Where there is an allegation of discrimination based on caste,its in
    order for SC to appoint a Panel of unbiased foreign Judges to hear the
    case.No Caste Judge can render justice to a Dalit who is supposed to be
    harassed by the Caste System.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/calcutta-hc-justice-karnan-calls-judiciary-corrupt-brings-up-old-allegations-against-hc-judges/story-k0WRYaBWRPYaUI6HgzPDHP.html

    Calcutta HC Justice Karnan calls judiciary corrupt, brings up old allegations against HC judges

    india
    Updated: Mar 12, 2017 01:03 IST

    HT Correspondent
    Calcutta High Court

    Calcutta high court judge CS Karnan stepped up his tirade against
    the Supreme Court and his fellow judges on Saturday by releasing his
    written allegations against two Madas high court judges. (Representative
    Photo)

    Calcutta high court judge
    CS Karnan stepped up his tirade against the Supreme Court and his fellow
    judges on Saturday by releasing his written allegations against two
    Madas high court judges.

    He alleged that one had tampered records
    to get into service and amassed wealth through unfair means while the
    other had raped an intern.

    Justice Karnan had made these
    allegations in 2013 and 2014. “I wrote to the chief justice of Madras
    high court but no action has been taken against them. I brought specific
    allegations against 20 judges. But while those 20 are silent, a
    seven-member bench of the SC issued a warrant against me. Today I openly
    admit that Indian judiciary is corrupt,” Karnan said at a press
    conference at his residence . 

    “These seven judges don’t know law.
    The SC did not apply mind. That’s why public confidence (in the
    judiciary) is decreasing day by day,” he said. 

    Asked whether he
    would appear before the SC on or before the deadline (March 31), Karnan
    said “Why? For what purpose? This is a wrong order. It is out of law.” 

    On
    Friday, Karnan had signed an order in front of the media at his
    residence, directing the Central Bureau of Investigation to “register,
    investigate and file a report before the appropriate court of law under
    Article 226 read with Section 482 CrPC to prevent abuse of process of
    any court….”  

    “I am a
    sitting high court judge. Any place where I sit and pass an order
    becomes the court,” Karnan said. Asked whether he had the power to issue
    a directive even to the President, he however said: “I have humbly
    appealed to President. Who can direct the President of India?” Later he
    changed the word “direct” to “request.” 

    When he was asked whether
    the director general of Bengal Police, who is supposed to execute the
    warrant, or the CBI had got in touch with him, Karnan said, “Not so
    far.” One of his associates, a lawyer of the Madras HC, said copies of
    Karnan’s order had been sent to the CBI as well as the judges of the
    SC. 

    Asked whether it was appropriate for a sitting judge to talk
    to the media, Justice Karnan said, “It is a national issue. It should
    reach the people. Let there be transparency. What’s the secret? Nobody
    takes a suo motu warrant against a sitting judge.”

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    IN THE
    SUPREME COURT OF INDIA


    CIVIL
    APPELLATE JURISDICTION


    CIVIL
    APPEAL NO.**** OF 2017

    (Arising
    out of SLP (Civil) No. 13735 of 2012)

    Bahujan Samaj Party

    ….
    Appellant(s)

    Versus

    Ex CJI Sathasivam Ex Election
    Commission of India Sampath

    ….
    Respondent(s) Narendra Modi, Mohan Bagawath, Amit Shah, Venkaiah naidu,

    WITH

    WRIT
    PETITION (C) NO. 406 OF 2012

    J U D G M
    E N T

    P.
    Sathasivam, CJI for Ballot Paprers until entire EVMs/VVPAT are replaced

    1)

    Leave
    granted.

    Civil
    Appeal @ SLP (C) No. 13735 of 2012

    2)

    This
    appeal is directed against the judgment and order

    dated
    17.01.2012 passed by the Division Bench of the High

    Court of
    Delhi at New Delhi in W.P.(C) No. 11879 of 2009

    whereby
    the High Court disposed of the petition by


    disallowing
    the prayer made by the appellant herein for

    issuance
    of a writ of


    mandamus


    directing
    the Election


    Commission
    of India (ECI)-Respondent herein to incorporate


    a system
    of Paper Ballots until entire  “paper trail/paper receipt” in the Electronic


    Voting
    Machines (EVMs) as a convincing proof that the EVM


    has
    rightly registered the vote cast by a voter in favour of a


    particular
    candidate.




    Being
    aggrieved of the above, the present appeal has


    been
    filed by way of special leave.


    Writ
    Petition (Civil) No. 406 of 2012


    4)


    One
    Jgatheesan Chandrasekharan, R Muniappa, Gopinath, Dr Ashok Siddharth, Rajendra Satyanarayan Gilda has filed this Writ


    Petition,
    under Article 32 of the Constitution of India, praying


    for
    issuance of a writ of


    mandamus/


    direction(s)
    directing the


    Union of
    India
    Narendra Modi, Mohan Bagawath, Amit Shah, Venkaiah naidu,

    WITH

    , the Chief Election Commissioner and the


    Technical
    Experts Committee-Respondent Nos. 1-3 herein


    respectively
    to effect the necessary modifications in the


    EVMs so
    as to allow the voters to verify their respective votes


    and to
    attach the printers to the EVMs with a facility to print


    the
    running record of the votes for the purpose of verification

     


    by the
    voters in the process of voting. He also prayed for a


    Page 


    3


    direction
    to frame guidelines and to effect necessary


    amendments
    in the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961.


    5)


    In view
    of the pendency of the appeal filed by Dr.


    Subramanian
    Swamy, this Court issued notice in the writ


    petition
    and tagged with the said appeal.


    6)


    Heard Dr.
    Subramanian Swamy, appellant-in-person in


    the
    appeal, Dr. R.R. Deshpande, learned counsel for the writ


    petitioner,
    Mr. Ashok Desai and Ms. Meenakshi Arora, learned


    senior
    counsel for the ECI.


    Contentions:


    7)


    Dr.
    Subramanian Swamy, the appellant herein


    contended
    before this Court that the present system of


    EVMs, as
    utilized in the last few general elections in India,


    does not
    meet all the requirements of the international


    standards
    and though the ECI maintains that the EVMs


    cannot be
    tampered with, but the fact is that EVMs, like all


    electronic
    equipments, are open to hacking.


    8)


    The
    appellant has further highlighted that the instant


    matter
    arises out of the refusal of the ECI to incorporate a


    certain
    obvious safeguard in the EVMs called “paper


    backup”,
    “paper receipt” or “paper trail”, presently in use


    and
    mandated in some countries like USA, which would easily


    and
    cheaply meet the requirement of proof that the EVM has


    rightly
    registered the vote cast by a voter. The appellant has


    further
    highlighted that the “paper trail” system is to


    supplement
    the procedure of voting as in this procedure,


    after
    recording a vote in the EVM, a print out will come out


    which
    will appraise the voter that his vote has been rightly


    registered
    and the same will be deposited in a box which can


    only be used
    by the ECI in case of election dispute.


    9)


    It is the
    categorical stand of the appellant that the


    above
    said system will bring more accuracy in the present


    system
    and if a particular election is challenged on the


    ground
    that some particular identified voter’s voter or the


    votes of
    a group of voters have been suppressed/have not


    been
    correctly assigned by the EVMs, the accepted current


    procedure
    is for a re-run of the same EVMs for a re-count,


    however,
    under the new procedure, a re-count will be of the


    receipts
    in the ballot box containing the printouts the EVMs

     

    5


    had
    issued to the voter thereby ensuring more transparency


    in the
    process.


    10)


    The writ
    petitioner has also raised similar contentions as


    those of
    Dr. Swamy. According to the petitioner, in the


    present
    system of voting through EVMs, there is no such


    facility
    by which a voter can verify and confirm his own


    voting.
    At present, a voter presses a button only but cannot


    ascertain
    the actual voting. He is not sure whether his vote


    is
    recorded or not, if recorded, whether it is recorded in


    favour of
    the person to whom it was intended or not.


    Whether
    it is valid or invalid and whether it is counted or not.


    It is
    submitted by the petitioner that unless and until answers


    to these
    questions are personally seen by the voter, it cannot


    be said
    that voting is made by him because “pressing a


    button of
    choice and getting flashed the red-light” is not


    actual
    voting in real sense unless the voter knows well that


    what has happened
    in consequence of pressing a button of


    his
    choice from the EVMs.


    Stand of
    the Election Commission of India

     

    Page 


    6


    11)


    Mr. Ashok
    Desai, learned senior counsel for the ECI


    submitted
    that the apprehension that EVMs could be


    tampered
    with is baseless. It was also informed to this Court


    that the
    ECI has been exploring the possibility of


    incorporating
    a viable Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail


    (VVPAT)
    system as a part of the presently used EVMs to


    make the
    election system more transparent. Further, it was


    brought
    to our notice that the ECI conducted field trials for


    VVPAT
    system earlier also but the same had not been


    successful
    and were discontinued. The ECI also filed a


    counter
    affidavit stating that the EVMs provided by the


    Commission
    are of such a high end technology that it cannot


    be
    hacked.


    12)
    Referring to Section 61A of the Representation of the


    People
    Act, 1951, it is submitted that the Statute itself


    provides
    for recording of votes by EVMs and the ECI has been


    given the
    discretion to prescribe recording of votes by such


    EVMs as
    it may deem fit. This discretion has to be exercised


    in a
    manner to preserve the sanctity of the election process


    and
    ensure that the election is conducted in a free and fair


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    Heard Dr.
    Subramanian Swamy, appellant-in-person in


    the
    appeal, Dr. R.R. Deshpande, learned counsel for the writ


    petitioner,
    Mr. Ashok Desai and Ms. Meenakshi Arora, learned


    senior
    counsel for the ECI.


    Contentions:


    7)


    Dr.
    Subramanian Swamy, the appellant herein


    contended
    before this Court that the present system of


    EVMs, as
    utilized in the last few general elections in India,


    does not
    meet all the requirements of the international


    standards
    and though the ECI maintains that the EVMs


    cannot be
    tampered with, but the fact is that EVMs, like all


    electronic
    equipments, are open to hacking.


    8)


    The
    appellant has further highlighted that the instant


    matter
    arises out of the refusal of the ECI to incorporate a


    certain
    obvious safeguard in the EVMs called “paper


    backup”,
    “paper receipt” or “paper trail”, presently in use


    and
    mandated in some countries like USA, which would easily


    and
    cheaply meet the requirement of proof that the EVM has


    rightly
    registered the vote cast by a voter. The appellant has


    further
    highlighted that the “paper trail” system is to


    supplement
    the procedure of voting as in this procedure,


    after
    recording a vote in the EVM, a print out will come out


    which
    will appraise the voter that his vote has been rightly


    registered
    and the same will be deposited in a box which can


    only be used
    by the ECI in case of election dispute.


    9)


    It is the
    categorical stand of the appellant that the


    above
    said system will bring more accuracy in the present


    system
    and if a particular election is challenged on the


    ground
    that some particular identified voter’s voter or the


    votes of
    a group of voters have been suppressed/have not


    been
    correctly assigned by the EVMs, the accepted current


    procedure
    is for a re-run of the same EVMs for a re-count,


    however,
    under the new procedure, a re-count will be of the


    receipts
    in the ballot box containing the printouts the EVMs

     

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    had
    issued to the voter thereby ensuring more transparency


    in the
    process.


    10)


    The writ
    petitioner has also raised similar contentions as


    those of
    Dr. Swamy. According to the petitioner, in the


    present
    system of voting through EVMs, there is no such


    facility
    by which a voter can verify and confirm his own


    voting.
    At present, a voter presses a button only but cannot


    ascertain
    the actual voting. He is not sure whether his vote


    is
    recorded or not, if recorded, whether it is recorded in


    favour of
    the person to whom it was intended or not.


    Whether
    it is valid or invalid and whether it is counted or not.


    It is
    submitted by the petitioner that unless and until answers


    to these
    questions are personally seen by the voter, it cannot


    be said
    that voting is made by him because “pressing a


    button of
    choice and getting flashed the red-light” is not


    actual
    voting in real sense unless the voter knows well that


    what has happened
    in consequence of pressing a button of


    his
    choice from the EVMs.


    Stand of
    the Election Commission of India

     

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    11)


    Mr. Ashok
    Desai, learned senior counsel for the ECI


    submitted
    that the apprehension that EVMs could be


    tampered
    with is baseless. It was also informed to this Court


    that the
    ECI has been exploring the possibility of


    incorporating
    a viable Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail


    (VVPAT)
    system as a part of the presently used EVMs to


    make the
    election system more transparent. Further, it was


    brought
    to our notice that the ECI conducted field trials for


    VVPAT
    system earlier also but the same had not been


    successful
    and were discontinued. The ECI also filed a


    counter
    affidavit stating that the EVMs provided by the


    Commission
    are of such a high end technology that it cannot


    be
    hacked.


    12)
    Referring to Section 61A of the Representation of the


    People
    Act, 1951, it is submitted that the Statute itself


    provides
    for recording of votes by EVMs and the ECI has been


    given the
    discretion to prescribe recording of votes b

    y such


    EVMs as
    it may deem fit. This discretion has to be exercised


    in a
    manner to preserve the sanctity of the election process


    and
    ensure that the election is conducted in a free and fair


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    manner. The ECI has exercised due diligence to ensure that
    EVMs so used are “tamper proof” and it is also in the process
    of exploring to incorporate VVPAT system which is
    compatible with the present EVMs used by it. It is asserted
    that there is no instance of tampering with EVMs so far by
    anyone.
    13)
    It is further submitted that the EVMs used in India are
    unique and unlike the ones used in the elections in USA and
    other countries, which are personal computer based. EVMs
    deployed by the ECI have been lauded not only in India but
    also abroad. EVM’s Control Unit retains in the memory each
    vote recorded elector-wise. The information stored in the
    memory of the Control Unit can be retrieved by using a
    device called the “decoder” which, when attached to the
    Control Unit of EVM, can print out the statement of voting
    data showing the order in which each voter has voted and to
    whom he has voted.
    14)
    Insofar as the transparency of the election process as
    well as the right of a voter to know whether his vote has
    actually been recorded for the candidate for whom it was
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    cast is concerned, it is submitted that as soon as a vote is
    recorded by a voter by pressing the “candidate’s” button on
    the Ballot Unit, a light glows against the name and symbol of
    the candidate, which the voter can see for himself/ herself.
    This is a visual (electronic) assurance to the voter that the
    candidate for whom he has cast his vote has actually got that
    vote. Thereafter, the light goes off to protect the secrecy of
    voting.
    15)
    It is further submitted that the feasibility of VVPAT
    system was sought to be explored to by various political
    parties and they were explained the technical and
    administrative safeguards. The ECI also constituted a
    Technical Experts Committee to examine the viability of the
    VVPAT system. On 27.05.2011, the Technical Experts
    Committee, after discussion with political parties and civil
    society members and also after seeing the demonstration of
    the prototype VVPAT system developed by M/s. Bharat
    Electronics Ltd. (BEL) and M/s. Electronics Corporation of
    India Ltd. (ECIL), recommended that a field test of the
    prototype VVPAT system should be carried out in a simulated
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    election under different environmental conditions in
    Jaisalmer, Thiruvananthapuram, Delhi, Leh and Cherapunji.
    The ECI also held further meetings with the manufacturers of
    EVMs on various dates to fine tune the system and expedite
    the follow up action required. Several meetings were also
    held with the Expert Committee on VVPAT system.
    16)
    In wider fulfillment of the objectives of the field trial, the
    ECI has requested the National and State parties to extend
    necessary cooperation by getting involved in the trial process
    actively and also witness the trial in order to have a first
    hand experience of the system. The ECI has also requested
    the individuals including the appellant – Dr. Subramanian
    Swamy and the groups, who have been engaged with the ECI
    on the issue of EVM-VVPAT, to witness the trial.
    17) We have carefully perused the relevant materials and
    considered the rival contentions.
    Discussion
    18)
    When the matter was listed before this Court for
    hearing on 27.09.2012, Mr. Ashok Desai had brought to our
    notice that the ECI is contemplating foolproof method in
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    EVMs for which they are taking various steps in consultation
    with the Technical Experts Committee and the views of all
    recognized political parties. Mr. Desai also promised to
    appraise this Court about the deliberations and the ultimate
    decision to be taken by them in this regard. Accordingly, this
    Court granted sufficient time to the ECI to file Status Report
    regarding introduction of VVPAT system in EVMs to be used
    in the elections.
    19)
    Pursuant to the directions of this Court, the ECI filed a
    Status Report on the developments of VVPAT system. In the
    said report, the ECI, citing various technicalities, prayed for
    further time to make the system more robust for the field
    conditions.
    20)
    On 15.12.2012, M/s BEL, Bangalore filed a report
    showing the status of development of VVPAT system which
    contains changes that have been carried out in VVPAT from
    September to December, 2012 and also furnished
    chronological changes made in VVPAT system after the field
    trial of the VVPAT system held in July and August, 2012.
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    21)
    Pursuant to the directions of this Court, the Secretary,
    ECI, filed an affidavit highlighting the following steps/
    information:
    (i)
    That vide its Affidavit dated 14.01.2013, the
    Commission had filed the status report regarding
    introduction of the VVPAT system in the Electronic
    Voting Machines (EVMs).
    (ii)
    That subsequently, in the Technical Expert
    Committee meeting held on 04.02.2013, the
    Committee approved the design of the VVPAT and
    decided that software fine tuning will be done and
    completed by the end of February, 2013, and
    modified design specifications will be submitted to
    the Technical Expert Committee for approval.
    The Committee also recommended that the
    Commission may for using the VVPAT and that the
    VVPAT should be tried in a bye-election.
    (iii)
    That in the Technical Expert Committee
    meeting held on 19.02.2013, the Committee
    finalized the VVPAT design.
    The manufacturers, namely, M/s. Bharat Electronics
    Limited and M/s. Electronics Corporation of India
    Limited have quoted Rs. 16,200/- (excluding duties,
    taxes and transport charges) per VVPAT system.
    The Commission has decided to purchase sufficient
    units of VVPAT for trials in a Bye-election, at an
    approximate cost of Rs.72,90,000/- (Rupees seventy
    two lakh ninety thousand) approximately.
    (iv)
    It is submitted that the Commission will
    require approximately 13 lakh VVPAT units to be
    manufactures for 13 lakh EVMs presently available
    and roughly about Rs. 1690 crores (One Thousand
    Six Hundred Ninety Crores)(i.e. 13 lakh units x
    Rs.13,000 per unit) are required for the purpose of
    implementation of the VVPAT system taking into
    account the possible reduction in the cost per unit
    when produced in bulk.
    (v)
    It is further submitted that in order to
    implement the new system the Conduct of Election
    Rules, 1961 will require certain amendments.
    In this connection, vide letter No.
    3/1/2013/Vol.II/SDR/86 dated 28.03.2013, the
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    Commission has informed the Legislative
    Department of the Ministry of Law and Justice
    inter
    alia
    the various amendments required to the
    relevant parts of Rules 49A to 49X, 66A, 55C, 56C,
    57C and Form 17C of the Conduct of Elections Rules,
    1961, as well as introduction of Rules 49MA and 56D
    in the said Rules…
    (vi)
    That the Commission has called for a meeting
    of all the recognized National and State Parties on
    10
    th
    May, 2013 for the purpose of demonstration of
    VVPAT unit to them and for discussion with them for
    eliciting their views regarding use of VVPAT system
    in the elections. The petitioner herein and others
    interested in the matter would also be invited at the
    meeting.”
    22)
    It is seen from the records that after various
    deliberations with the experts and persons concerned with
    the technology, the Technical Experts Committee approved
    the final design of VVPAT units in its meeting held on
    19.01.2013. In order to meet the directions of this Court and
    for proper execution of VVPAT system, as noticed above, the
    ECI in its letter dated 28.03.2013, addressed to the Secretary
    to the Government of India, Ministry of Law and Justice stated
    that necessary ground work for amendment to the Conduct
    of Election Rules, 1961 (in relevant parts in Rules 49A to 49X,
    66A, 55C, 56C, 57C and Form 17C) may be made so that the
    amendment to the Rules can be notified immediately which
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    will enable the ECI to use the VVPAT system in bye-elections
    in consultation with the political parties. By placing all those
    materials, the ECI requested the Ministry of Law and Justice
    for drafting and notifying amendment Rules expeditiously.
    23)
    From the materials placed by the ECI, it is noted that
    the purchase order has been placed with M/s BEL and M/s
    ECIL for supplying 150 and 300 VVPAT units respectively at
    Rs. 16,200/- per unit excluding excise duty, sales tax and
    transportation etc. costing Rs. 72,90,000/- (approx.). The ECI
    has also highlighted that if the VVPAT systems are ultimately
    to be used with all the 13 lakh EVMs available, the total cost
    in the purchase of VVPAT units may come to about Rs. 1,690
    crores, taking into account the possible reduction in the cost
    per unit due to bulk production the cost may come to Rs.
    13,000/- per unit approximately.
    24)
    The affidavit dated 21.08.2013, filed on behalf of the
    ECI, shows that the Ministry of Law and Justice, on
    24.07.2013, referred the draft notification to amend the
    Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 to provide for use of VVPAT
    system of elections to the ECI for its views and comments.
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    The ECI suggested certain minor modifications in the draft
    notification and sent the same back to the Ministry of Law
    and Justice on 02.08.2013 with a request to notify the
    amendment Rules at the earliest. Accordingly, the Ministry
    of Law and Justice notified the amendments to the Conduct
    of Election Rules, 1961 in the Gazette of India vide
    notification No. S.O. 2470(E) dated 14.08.2013 to enable use
    of VVPAT with EVMs.
    25)
    The aforesaid affidavit of the ECI also shows that the
    ECI had also convened a meeting of all the recognized
    National and State political parties on 10.05.2013 and
    demonstrated before their representatives the working of
    VVPAT system. Separately, on the same day, the ECI also
    held a meeting with individuals including the appellant
    herein who had been engaged with the ECI over the past
    several years regarding the functioning of EVMs. VVPAT
    system was demonstrated before them as well.
    Representatives of political parties and other individuals
    expressed their satisfaction over the VVPAT system.
    Thereafter, the ECI had decided to use the VVPAT system in
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    the bye-election from 51-Noksen (ST) Assembly Constituency
    in the State of Nagaland. Instructions were issued to hold
    special meetings with the contesting candidates in that
    constituency to brief them about the use of VVPAT system.
    The ECI also organized special training sessions for poll
    officers for the use of VVPAT and steps were taken to
    educate the electors for the same.
    26)
    After various hearings, when the matter was heard on
    4.10.2013, an affidavit dated 01.10.2013 filed on behalf of
    the ECI was placed before this Court. The said affidavit was
    filed to place on record the performance/result of the
    introduction of the VVPAT system in the bye-election from
    51-Noksen (ST) Assembly Constituency of Nagaland for which
    the poll was conducted on 04.09.2013 indicating the future
    course of action to be decided by the ECI on the basis of said
    performance. By this affidavit, it was brought to our notice
    that since VVPAT system was being used for the first time,
    the ECI has decided that intensive training shall be given to
    the polling officers. Members of the Technical Experts
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    actual use of VVPAT in the bye-election. It is further stated
    that the ECI also wrote letters to all the recognized political
    parties and other persons, including the appellant herein,
    engaged with the ECI on this subject inviting them to witness
    the use of VVPAT. It is also brought to our notice that VVPAT
    was successfully used in all the 21 polling stations of 51-
    Noksen (ST) Assembly Constituency of Nagaland. It was also
    stated that as per the Rules, the paper slips of VVPAT shall
    not be counted normally except in case the Returning Officer
    decides to count them on an application submitted by any of
    the candidates. However, since VVPAT system was being
    used for the first time in any election, the ECI decided on its
    own to count paper slips of VVPAT in respect of all polling
    stations. According to the ECI, no discrepancy was found
    between the electronic and paper count.
    27)
    In the said affidavit, it is finally stated that the ECI has
    decided to increase the use of VVPAT units in a phased
    manner and for this purpose the ECI has already written to
    the Government of India, Ministry of Law and Justice to issue
    administrative and financial sanction for procurement of
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    20,000 units of VVPAT (10,000 each from M/s BEL and M/s
    ECIL) costing about Rs. 38.01 crore.
    28)
    Though initially the ECI was little reluctant in
    introducing “paper trail” by use of VVPAT, taking note of the
    advantage in the system as demonstrated by Dr.
    Subramanian Swamy, we issued several directions to the
    ECI . Pursuant to the same, the ECI contacted several expert
    bodies, technical advisers, etc. They also had various
    meetings with National and State level political parties,
    demonstrations were conducted at various places and finally
    after a thorough examination and full discussion, VVPAT was
    used successfully in all the 21 polling stations of 51-Noksen
    (ST) Assembly Constituency of Nagaland. The information
    furnished by the ECI, through the affidavit dated 01.10.2013,
    clearly shows that VVPAT system is a successful one. We
    have already highlighted that VVPAT is a system of printing
    paper trail when the voter casts his vote, in addition to the
    electronic record of the ballot, for the purpose of verification
    of his choice of candidate and also for manual counting of
    votes in case of dispute.
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    29)
    From the materials placed by both the sides, we are
    satisfied that the “paper trail” is an indispensable
    requirement of free and fair elections. The confidence of the
    voters in the EVMs can be achieved only with the
    introduction of the “paper trail”. EVMs with VVPAT system
    ensure the accuracy of the voting system. With an intent to
    have fullest transparency in the system and to restore the
    confidence of the voters, it is necessary to set up EVMs with
    VVPAT system because vote is nothing but an act of
    expression which has immense importance in democratic
    system.
    30)
    In the light of the above discussion and taking notice of
    the pragmatic and reasonable approach of the ECI and
    considering the fact that in general elections all over India,
    the ECI has to handle one million (ten lakhs) polling booths,
    we permit the ECI to introduce the same in gradual stages or
    geographical-wise in the ensuing general elections. The
    area, State or actual booth(s) are to be decided by the ECI
    and the ECI is free to implement the same in a phased


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    manner. We appreciate the efforts and good gesture made
    by the ECI in introducing the same.
    31)
    For implementation of such a system (VVPAT) in a
    phased manner, the Government of India is directed to
    provide required financial assistance for procurement of units
    of VVPAT.
    32)
    Before parting with the case, we record our appreciation
    for the efforts made by Dr. Subramanian Swamy as well as
    the ECI, in particular Mr. Ashok Desai and Ms. Meenakshi
    Arora, learned senior counsel for the ECI.
    33)
    With the above directions, the appeal and the writ
    petition are disposed of. No separate order is required in the
    applications for intervention. Both sides are permitted to
    approach this Court for further direction(s), if need arises.
    ………………………………………….CJI
    (P. SATHASIVAM)
    ………………………………………..J.
    (RANJAN GOGOI)
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    NEW DELHI;
    OCTOBER 8, 2013.

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    Karnan reaches out to Mayawati


    Justice C.S. Karnan
     

    To hold protests across country; BSP chief has promised support, says lawyer

    Calcutta High Court judge C.S. Karnan has contacted Bahujan Samaj
    Party (BSP) national president Mayawati, and she has extended her
    “support” to the Judge, his lawyer has said.

    Speaking to The Hindu, the
    lawyer W. Peter Ramesh said the BSP chief had offered “full
    cooperation” for Justice Karnan’s proposed protest demonstration and
    day-long hunger strike in Lucknow.

    On March 10, the Supreme Court
    issued a bailable warrant against him in relation to a contempt-of-court
    order issued against him in February. Justice Karnan refused to accept
    the warrant.

    As for the
    reason for contacting Ms. Mayawati, Mr. Ramesh said the BSP chief was a
    “prominent Dalit leader”, and Justice Karnan had made it clear that he
    was being “targeted by the Supreme Court for being a Dalit.”

    BSP participation

    According
    to the judge’s associates, the BSP leadership has not only offered full
    cooperation but will also “participate in Justice Karnan’s protest in
    Lucknow.” Justice Karnan has not only accused the seven- judge Bench of
    the Supreme Court of targeting him because he is a Dalit but has also
    instructed the CBI to start a probe against them and Attorney-General
    Mukul Rohtagi.

    “In the result I direct the Central Bureau of
    Investigation to register, investigate and file a report before the
    appropriate court of law under Article 226 (writ jurisdiction of High
    Courts) with section 482 of CrPC (Saving of inherent powers of High
    Court) to prevent abuse of process of any Court and to secure the ends
    of justice, under the appropriate criminal provisions of the Schedule
    Castes and Scheduled Tribes(Prevention of Atrocities) Act,1989 and other
    Penal provisions against the accused persons…” stated Justice Karnan in
    his writ order last week.

    According to Mr.
    Ramesh, apart from Lucknow, Justice Karnan will also hold protests and a
    daylong hunger strike in Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata. The dates of the
    protest are yet to be finalised.

    JUSTICE Karnan has taken the right decision to contact Ms Mayawati supremo of BSP on whom EVMs were tampered to to defeat the movement of the Chief Architect of our modern constitution Dr BR Ambedkar. Just because Ms Mayawati is a scheduled caste but working for the sarvajan samaj i.e., all societies and gave the best governance as CM of UP and ultimately the PM of this country, it was not tolerated by the brahmins in general and the chitpawa  brahmins of RSS in particular. So they used the fraud EVMs to destroy the movement in general and the SC/STs in particular. Hence through a Techno-Politico-Socio Transformation and Econommic emancipation movement, there must be a demand to dissolve Central and state governments selected by these fraud EVMs and go for fresh polls with paper ballots.

    The ex CJI Sathashttp://www.deccanherald.com/pages.php?id=595396ivam who committed a grave error of judgement by ordering that the EVMs could be replaced in a phased manner on the suggestion of ex CEC sampath and as a result all the governments must be punished.

    They must be asked to pay the entire Central Government budget to Mayawati as a fine and all those who oppose reservation to deprive the economy of the downtrodden to book under atrocities act and sent jails.

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    SC’s notice to Justice Karnan, seeks his personal appearance

    New Delhi, Feb 8, 2017, PTI:


    The apex court has turned the alleged contemptuous letters written by Justice Karnan against the Madras HC Chief Justice which were addressed to the CJI, Prime Minister and others, into contempt proceedings against him. DH file photo

    In
    an unprecedented order, the Supreme Court today asked sitting Calcutta
    High Court judge Justice C S Karnan to appear in person before it and
    explain as to why contempt proceedings be not initiated against him and
    forthwith restrained him from undertaking judicial and administrative
    work.
    “Issue
    notice to Justice C S Karnan. Returnable on February 13. Shree Justice C
    S Karnan shall forthwith refrain from handling any judicial or
    administrative work as may have been assigned to him,” a seven-judge
    bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said.
    “He
    is also directed to return all judicial and administrative files in his
    possession to the Registrar General of the High Court immediately,” the
    bench also comprising Justices Dipak Misra, J Chelameswar, Ranjan
    Gogoi, M B Lokur, P C Ghose and Kurian Joseph said.
    It
    said, “Shree Justice C S Karnan shall remain present in person on next
    date to show cause.” The bench, meanwhile, directed the apex court
    registry to ensure that the copy of its order be served on Justice
    Karnan during the course of the day and listed the suo motu contempt
    petition against him for further hearing on February 13.
    At
    the outset, Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi referred to the nature
    of public communications allegedly undertaken by Justice Karnan and said
    they are “slanderous” and “disparaging” to the system of administration
    of justice.
    He
    urged the bench that it can direct Chief Justice of the High Court to
    restrain the judge concerned from taking up judicial and administrative
    work. The AG referred to constitutional provisions and said that the
    apex court can take judicial note of the matter and is empowered to pass
    such an order.
    “This
    court has to set an example when it comes to administration of
    justice,” he said, adding, “In exercise of the contempt jurisdiction,
    the Supreme Court can ask the Chief Justice of High Court not to assign
    administrative and judicial work to Justice Karnan.
    The
    court took note of his submissions and said that it has to be
    established whether Justice Karnan has undertaken the communications.
    “We must be as careful as we can,” the court said.
    “It
    is the first time we will act against a sitting High Court judge and
    have to be very careful with what we settle as a precedent for times to
    come,” it said.
    The
    apex court has turned the alleged contemptuous letters written by
    Justice Karnan against the Madras HC Chief Justice which were addressed
    to the CJI, Prime Minister and others, into contempt proceedings against
    him.
    He was transferred from the Madras HC to the Calcutta HC for his alleged contemptuous conduct.
    Justice
    Karnan has also been allowed to argue in person his case relating to
    his own transfer later this month before another bench of Justices Arun
    Mishra and Amitava Roy, which last month had allowed Justice Karnan’s
    plea to argue his case in person by accepting his request to discharge
    his advocate S Gowthaman. He had written a letter dated December 21,
    2016 to the Supreme Court Registry seeking permission for the same.
    Earlier,
    the Registrar General of the Madras High Court had stated that 12 files
    of the high court were still with Justice Karnan and these were
    required to be returned.
    It
    was also submitted that the government accommodation which had been
    allotted to Justice Karnan at Chennai, had not been vacated, adding that
    it was needed as 14 new judges have been appointed and a judge cannot
    keep it for more than a month after he ceases to be a judge of Tamil
    Nadu High Court.
    Justice
    Karnan had on February 15, 2016 stayed his transfer order after the
    apex court asked the Chief Justice of Madras High Court not to assign
    any judicial work to him.
    The
    same day the apex court had suspended Justice Karnan’s order and made
    it clear that all administrative and judicial orders passed by him after
    the issuance of the proposal of his transfer from the Madras High Court
    to the Calcutta High Court shall remain stayed till further orders.
    However,
    a week later, the judge had said that he had issued an “erroneous”
    order due to his “mental frustration resulting in the loss of his mental
    balance”.
    The
    apex court had passed the directions on an application moved by the
    Registrar of the Madras High Court, seeking an order to restrain Justice
    Karnan from doing any judicial work.

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    http://www.deccanherald.com/content/602130/bjp-springs-big-surprise-names.html

    tyanath UP CM

    BJP springs big surprise, names Adityanath UP CM

    Sanjay Pandey, Lucknow: March 19, 2017, DHNS

    Maurya, Dinesh Sharma deputies; oath-taking today

    Yogi Adityanath elected leader of the BJP Legislature Party in Lucknow on Saturday. PTI

    Yogi Adityanath elected leader of the BJP Legislature Party in Lucknow on Saturday. PTI

    Springing a surprise, the BJP on
    Saturday nominated firebrand saffron leader Yogi Adityanath as the chief
    minister of Uttar Pradesh. UP BJP president Keshav Prasad Maurya and
    Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma are the deputy chief ministers.

    Adityanath,
    the ‘mahant’ (head priest) of the famous Gorakhnath Peeth in Gorakhpur,
    was unanimously elected leader of the BJP Legislature Party at its
    meeting here in the presence of Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu and BJP
    general secretary Bhupendra Yadav, who were sent in as observers.

    “Adityanath
    was elected unanimously at the meeting of the legislators,” Naidu told
    reporters. Naidu said no other name was proposed at the meeting.

    Adityanath
    (44), the Lok Sabha MP from Gorakhpur, met Governor Ram Naik and staked
    claim to form the government. He will be sworn in as the 21st chief
    minister of the state on Sunday.

    The other members of the cabinet would be announced on Sunday, ahead of the swearing-in ceremony.

    The drama
    Much
    drama preceded Adityanath’s nomination. In the afternoon, his name
    started making the rounds, replacing that of Union minister Manoj Sinha
    and others as likely candidates for the top post.

    Adityanath
    rushed to Delhi, where he had a long meeting with BJP president Amit
    Shah and vice president Om Mathur. Later, Adityanath went to Lucknow
    with Maurya and Mathur.

    Adityanath was closeted with Naidu and
    Bhupendra for around 30 minutes, after which they participated in the
    meeting of the legislators.

    The suspense over the chief minister
    continued till the last minute and none of the 325 legislators from the
    BJP and its allies seemed to have any inkling of the party’s choice.

    Naidu
    said after his election as leader of the legislature party, Adityanath
    urged the party leadership to let two senior colleagues assist him in
    administration. Naidu said on his request, the party leadership allowed
    Adityanath to have two deputies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah
    would be present at the swearing-in ceremony.

    “The chief
    ministers of the states ruled by the BJP and its alliance partners have
    also been invited to attend the oath-taking ceremony,” Naidu said.

    He
    said the mandate for the BJP in the UP polls was historic, adding, “It
    is a watershed moment for the BJP. It has proved that the nation wants
    to move with Modi.”

    The main agenda of the party in UP would be development and good governance, he said.

    “It’s
    a mandate against corruption, black money, caste and communal
    politics… people have supported us cutting across caste lines,” Naidu
    added. “We will together ensure the development of UP, and end goonda
    raj,” Adityanath said, addressing the newly elected legislators of the
    BJP and its alliance partners Apna Dal and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj
    Party.

    Sources said BJP MLA from Shahjahanpur Sauresh Khanna
    moved the proposal for electing Adityanath as the leader of the
    legislature party.

    A large number of Adityanath supporters
    descended on the state capital from Gorakhpur and nearby districts and
    chanted slogans in his favour outside the venue of the meeting. Even
    before the polls, his supporters had demanded that he be declared the
    chief ministerial face of the party. Adityanath was one of the star
    campaigners of the BJP and addressed close to 100 election meetings in
    different parts of the state.
    DH News Service

    Who is Adityanath?

    -Firebrand Hindutva advocate, Adityanath’s remarks often trigger controversy
    -Head priest at Gorakhnath temple; founder of vigilante group Hindu Yuva Vahini
    -Won Gorakhpur seat five times; at 26 was youngest member of 12th Lok Sabha
    -Had differences with BJP in the past; in 2007 over ticket distribution


    Balakrishna Shetty

    2 hours ago

    God Save our Nation, it is time he keeps up promise to come back to save the society whenever Adharma over takes Dharma


    Bob

    Balakrishna Shetty

    an hour ago

    Sir, majority of people in India are so stupids that they don’t
    behave like educated. These politicians have understood these rogues and
    using them in a big way. Now Saffron cloth will become a uniform for
    Politicians. India will become the third religious terror nation after
    Christianity and Islam.


    ಗಿರೀಶ್ ನಾಯ್ಕ್

    4 hours ago

    another commual criminal castiest brhamin with backward outdated
    ideology is appointed for top position fooling public using hindu, mus,
    christan hate speech.




  • skp

    14 minutes ago

    India,S image as a secular nation is lost when relious heads comes to
    political positions and his masters just became tail wagers for rubbish
    he talks.




  • herovaz

    17 minutes ago

    A shocking and stupid choice of CM. UP can forget development and
    progress. UP will grow backwards and that will be the end of the BJP in
    UP.




  • Pappu 007

    an hour ago

    Yogi Adityanath is a 5 time MP & just 44 years, even younger than eternal youth leader Pappu Rahul Gandhi

    He can take UP & BJP to great heights..




  • Manjunath

    an hour ago

    yada yada hi dharmasya
    glanir bhavati bharata
    abhyutthanam adharmasya
    tadatmanam srjamy aham




  • pedda

    an hour ago

    Pur Pur Modi Har Har Sadu Tus Tus UP Dus Dus India

    yada yada hi Votasya
    kami bhavati bharata
    abhyutthanam opposisansya
    tadatmanam demonetization aham




  • Subramanian Thangavelu

    4 hours ago

    Paradigm shift in Indian Politics and Governance.




  • Prabhakar Pandit

    6 hours ago

    A march for Hindu Rastra.






  • Bob

    Prabhakar Pandit

    6 hours ago

    Hindu Rastra my SHAATA. These politicians are beautifully playing the
    religious sentiments of Indian educated and uneducated morons. They
    dont even know the meaning of HINDU. HUMANITY and RIGHTEOUSNESS all
    matters for a development of our nation and the world.




  • Jack

    6 hours ago

    Until now I trusted and liked Modi that he is true friend of
    minorities.But Modi has shown his true color by appointing Adityanath
    as CM. Muslims voted BJP ,Modi has backbited .Adityanath is not even fit
    for a chaprasi position ,Now I hate Modi most.




    • Katewal

      Jack

      5 hours ago

      Your love towards Modi is a BIG LIE. The truth is that the
      Christians/Muslims are blinded by their religion, falsely think that
      they inclusive/secular which they are NOT, and are the biggest
      hypocrites. Yogi Adityanath is a well educated, a capable leader,
      inclusive of everyone, and provide real help to the minorities unlike
      the corrupt/communal parties like the congress, the SP, the BSP, etc who
      have been using Christians/Muslims just as “vote bank” without
      providing any real help.




    • Jack

      Katewal

      4 hours ago

      I didn’t say I love Modi , I said I liked him. For your information
      Christians and Muslims voted overwhelmingly in favour of BJP ignoring
      their religions.Educated means not by degrees but by characters and
      moral . Adityanath is only educated in polarizing society. Adityanath
      is similar to Saeed Hafiz who is also educated but radical thinking .
      Radicals are radicals whether muslims or hindus . Both are destructive
      to society .I am surprised by Modi’s choice . A man with so many
      criminal cases pending can not be a guardian of a state .






  • Polar Grass

    Jack

    4 hours ago

    If the voters wanted the appeasement politics of SP/BSP/Congi to continue, they had ample choices on their plates.

    Let the party rule for TWO years — not even FIVE — and you will have a say in 2019!




    • Jack

      Polar Grass

      3 hours ago

      Voters were tired of appeasement politics that’w why we voted BJP. I
      am concern about mind set of Adityanath . Adityanath is no less than
      Saeed Hafiz in polarizing society .I am surprised by Modi’s choice . A
      man with so many criminal cases pending can not be a guardian of state .




    • Polar Grass

      Jack

      an hour ago

      The guy has not yet entered the CM’s chamber.
      Give him some time. What you say now you cannot retract it later.

      If govt can give air travel subsidy to the Hajis, it should construct at least a cottage for Lord Ram in Ayodhya. IMHO.




  • herovaz

    Jack

    14 minutes ago

    Next, an Archbishop will be the CM in Kerala !!!




  • Bob

    7 hours ago

    The downfall of BJP started with this stupid move.








  • ravindra k

    Bob

    2 hours ago

    lol, if your Maya,Mumtaj bicchan, Chinnamma,Mulayam,Kujli etc etc can
    be CM, why not a non-corrupt , clean hand, hugely popular , 5 times
    winner, qualified Hindu cant be CM??.. why?? just b’coz he doesnt need
    appease vote bank and yet win handsdown with thumping
    majority??..managing discontent among 300+ legislators is no easy task
    with dishonest real fake media baying to break party by instigating
    vulnerable legislators and ministry aspirants….!! Look at Sidda’s govt
    for power struggle by disgruntled MLA’s..




    • Bob

      ravindra k

      2 hours ago

      Dude I dont freakin care about any of the names which you mentioned. I
      care about the future of India. Educated stupids like you think and
      debate in this way. Country needs to adhere with our Constitution. And
      what in the hell is that azzwipe who came from middle of nowhere,
      doesn’t have political experience has to do with Politics. Now majority
      of loafers will wear saffron and it become a uniform for another
      terrorist outfit in India. Christians followed by Islam has terrorized
      this whole world. Now you want Indians to wear saffron and terminate the
      world with their monster religious atrocities. You people of India will
      never think about your future. You debate like dogs and die with
      stupidity. I sincerely forecast the BJPs downfall and rise of new
      religious terror in India.


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    2165 Mon 13 Mar 2017 LESSON What Saheb Kanshi Ram Ji Said
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    2165 Mon 13 Mar 2017 LESSON

    What Saheb Kanshi Ram Ji Said

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    The Chamcha Age – by Saheb Kanshi Ram

    “The Chamcha Age (An Era of Stooges)” was written by Kanshi Ram,
    and published by him on 24th Sept. 1982 on the occasion of 50th
    anniversary of Poona Pact. It is dedicated to Mahatma Jyotirao Phule,
    “whose initiation of cultural revolt in colonial India, later taken up
    by Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar,
    Periyar E.V.Ramaswamy and many other rebellious spirits brought us to
    this level where we are thinking, planning and struggling to put an end
    to the ‘Chamcha Age’ and usher in ‘Bright Age’ for the Shudras and the
    Ati-Shudras.”

    In preface he says Chamcha Age started
    from the Poona Pact giving Joint Electorates instead of Separate
    Electorates. The purpose of book is to make Dalit Soshit Samaj of the
    existence of Chamchas or stooges, and to awaken masses how to
    differentiate between genuine and counterfeit leadership.

    Kanshiram ji's cycle march

    The book is divided into 4 parts and 17
    chapters. The first two parts give information about past struggles,
    part III depicts present situation and part IV suggests ways and means
    of future struggle.

    Watch – Documentary on Saheb Kanshi Ram Ji

    A Chamcha is an indigenous word for a stooge, or a tool, or an agent, who is operated by others for their own benefit. Gandhiji felt
    necessity of Chamchas from 1939-32 onwards. A Chamcha is created to
    oppose the real fighter, the genuine leader. While Dr. Ambedkar was
    taking the untouchables of India from Dark Age to Bright Age, they
    slipped aside into Chamcha Age. Gandhiji preferred two Chamchas through
    joint electorate against one real representative through separate
    electorate.

    Part IV of the Book is titled “The Way
    Out”, has 6 Chapters: It mostly outlines the struggle that is necessary
    to fight Brahmanism. It has not only historical importance to understand
    Kanshiram’s struggle, but also can enlighten us what is to be done in
    future. It describes Dr. Ambedkar’s concept of Educate, Agitate,
    Organise. Separate Settlements, Denunciation of Poona pact, and also his
    three attempts to make the movement broad based, giving the excerpts
    from Baba Saheb’s famous speech at S.C.Conference at Lucknow on
    25.4.1948. Below reproduced is the entire Part IV, which is the main
    Part, for future guidance. Hope it serves some useful purpose for those
    who are rather nonconversant with Kanshiram’s philosophy.

    To
    His Excellency Hon’ble Pronob Mukherji
    The President of India
    Rashtrapati Bhawan
    New Delhi,

    Your Excellency,
    The Scheduled Caste population in India is estimated to be 16.6% of the total population, and the Scheduled Tribes 8.6%. Thus the total SC/ST population is over 25% the Indian population.
    The Supreme Court has a sanctioned strength of 31, and so proportionately there should be 7 or 8 SC/ST judges in the Supreme Court, but in fact there are none. Recently 5 judges were appointed to the Supreme Court, but none from the SC/ST category
    This is gross injustice to the SC/STs who are a historically disadvantaged category.
    Your Excellency, being the custodian of the Constitution and Head of State should immediately take steps to correct this great injustice to the SCs/STs.
    Yours respectfully
    Justice Markandey Katju
    Former Judge, Supreme Court of India
    Fremont, California, USA
    11.3.2017

    The Chief architect of our modern constitution is Dr BR Ambedkar. Not only 8 judges must be appointed but the Chief Justice office must have collegiate system with representatives from SC/STs/OBCs & minorities.Then there will justice in the cases of Reservation in promotions proportionately for all societies.
    Status quo will be maintained in religious disputes.
    The grave error of judgment to replace EVMs in a phased manner could be reverted and dissolve central and state governments selected by the fraud EVMs and go for fresh polls with paper ballots.

    Submission
    of a brief note on March 15, 2017 by the office-bearers of Karnataka and
    Tamilnadu to the Honorable National President of Bahujan Samaj Party against
    the havocs of Electronic Voting Machines being caused in the past and its potential
    dangers in future

     

    Respected
    Behanji, Jaibheem Pranaam

    1.    
    We are not
    presenting anything new as you have already exposed all the dangers related to
    the use of EVMs. We are submitting some facts which we have already brought to
    your notice in the past, based on the findings of Mr.
    JagatheesanChandrashekharan, Sr. Manager, ARDC-HAL (Retd), who is a State
    Committee member of BSP Karnataka State Unit.

     

    2.    
    More than 80
    Developed countries of the world have discarded the use of EVMs. There are
    veritable negative reports against EVMs from all over the world. Even Americans
    who are partial to technological solutions have resisted the use of EVMs. But
    these EVMs are being used in India in the pretext of preventing
    election-related problems like booth capturing, forcible voting, rigging, etc.
    There is no country in which EVMs have been welcomed so enthusiastically as
    they have been in India. Why?

     

    3.    
    The manuvadi
    parties such as Congress and BJP had no way to prevent the Bahujan Samaj voting
    in favor of BSP. All their tricks have been failed in the past to fool the masses
    who are growing politically conscious, but technically illiterate. Hence, these
    corporate-funded manuvadi parties have resorted to EVMs to capture the votes of
    Bahujan Samaj. They fully succeeded in their mission in India under the
    leadership of Mr. Narendra Modi, a hand-picked man of national and
    multinational corporate-fraudsters. Now the same multinational corporate-fraudsters
    are contemplating the use of EVMs in other developing countries.

     

    4.    
    In 2012, Mr.
    SubramanyaSwamy, after observing the extensive tampering of EVMs in favor of
    Congress, had appealed to the Supreme Court to direct the Election Commission
    to incorporate the system of paper trails in EVMs. Mr. Sampath, the then CEC,
    suggested the use of paper audit trail machine or Voter Verified Paper Audit
    Trail (VVPAT) in the General Election of 2014 itself. But the then Chief
    Justice of India Mr.Sadasivamgave a disastrous judgment that the EVMs could be
    replaced in a phased manner as the cost of replacement was too high (Rs. 1600
    crores). As the result, the EVMs were replaced by VVPAT only in 8 LokSabha
    constituencies in 2014 and which ultimately benefitted the BJP to capture
    power. Similarly, the VVPATs are used only in 20 assembly constituencies in
    2017 and the results are in front of our eyes to see. We had lost all the seats
    in the General Election of 2014. However, it must be noted that in the
    Panchayat elections of Uttar Pradesh held during Nov. 2015, more than 80% of
    the seats were won by the BSP-supported candidates, because the Panchayat
    Elections were conducted with paper ballot.

     

    It
    must be noted that Ex CJI Sadasivam has been appointed as the Governor of
    Kerala, soon after his retirement, by the BJP Government as a reward for his great
    service to them.

     

    5.    
    In February
    2016, Chief Election Commissioner NasimZaidi said that the whole country would
    be covered by VVPAT in the General Election of 2019 and the required funds
    (over Rs.2000 crores) would be allotted by the Government in this regard.
    However, his statement was not supported by the law and finance ministries. In
    August 2016, the officials have said, “the manufacturers would not be in a
    position to supply the quantity (over 22.50 lakh EVMs) indicated for the
    current financial year due to time constraints”. It means, the General Election
    of 2019 would also be conducted with the EVMs, which are fully vulnerable to
    tampering. It is on this basis that Mr. Narendra Modi is boasting of winning
    the General Election of 2019 hands down. The “paid” news channels and
    newspapers are anyway there to create a bogus “Modi Wave” throughout the
    country. If we allow this trend to continue, we will have anti-people
    government by the corporate fraudsters to ruin the country in the coming
    decade.

     

    6.    
    In the
    background of great threat which is waiting for the democracy of India, we pray
    our Hon’ble Leader Behanji to initiate a nation-wide agitation to “Ban EVMs,
    Resort to Ballot Paper and Save Democracy”. The anti-democracy tide under the
    stewardship of Mr.Narendra Modi could be successfully halted only by Behanji
    and none other. We, as the devoted soldiers, are with Behanji to shoulder all
    the responsibilities in this noble battle.

     

    Yours
    truly,

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    2164 Sun 12 Mar 2017 LESSON http://supremecourtofindia.nic.in/outtoday/9093.pdf Ex CJI Sathasivam committed a grave error of judgement by ordering that the EVMs could be replaced by VVPAT in a phased manner on the suggestion of ex CEC Sampath because of the cost of Rs 1600 crores involved in replacing the entire EVMs. As a result on 8 out of 543 Lok sabha seats in 2014 elections were replaced benefitting the BJP to gobble the Master Key. BSP lost all the seats.But after a few months the BSP won 80% of the UP Panchayat elections.
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    2164 Sun 12 Mar 2017 LESSON
    http://supremecourtofindia.nic.in/outtoday/9093.pdf

    Ex
    CJI Sathasivam committed a grave error of judgement by ordering that
    the EVMs could be replaced by VVPAT in a phased manner on the suggestion
    of ex CEC Sampath because of the cost of Rs 1600 crores involved in
    replacing the entire EVMs. As a result on 8 out of 543 Lok sabha seats
    in 2014 elections were replaced benefitting the BJP to gobble the Master
    Key. BSP lost all the seats.But after a few months the BSP won 80% of the UP Panchayat elections.

    Mayawati
    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/up-panchayat-poll-results-disappoint-sp-and-bjp-gains-for-bsp/1/514337.html

    UP panchayat poll results disappoint SP and BJP, gains for BSP

    http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/up-panchayat-polls-bsp-back-to-winning-ways-gives-bjp-and-sp-a-scare/

    BSP. SP. UP polls, UP panchayat polls, UP panchayat elections, BSP, BSP uttar pradesh, MAyawati, BSP news, UP News, India news

    BSP stages comeback in UP panchayat polls, leaves Samajwadi Party red-faced



    The result has come
    as a morale-booster for the BSP which had been lying low since its
    failure to win any seats in last year’s Lok Sabha polls.

    http://www.deccanherald.com/content/509783/bsp-claims-victory-up-panchayat.html

    Lucknow, Nov 3, 2015, DHNS:

    BSP claims victory in UP panchayat polls

    The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which was unable to win a single
    seat in the 2014 general elections, has claimed that candidates backed
    by the party have won a majority of seats in the Uttar Pradesh panchayat
    polls.

    The 2014 general elections were conducted with EVM. Panchayat elections were conducted with paper ballots.

    After the above Supreme Court  judgement all the state governments were
    selected by these EVMs. Now in UP 2017 UP Assembly elections only in 20
    constituencies the EVMs were replaced to enable the BJP to win in 319
    seats.


    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Panchayat-election-results-indication-of-BSP-prospects-in-2017Maya/articleshow/49676505.cms






    Panchayat election results indication of BSP prospects in 2017:
    Maya


    | TNN | Nov 5, 2015, 07.41 PM IST


    LUCKNOW: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Thursday projected
    the impressive performance of her party-supported candidates in UP
    panchayat elections as an indication of her coming back to power in the
    UP assembly elections due in 2017.

    Presiding over a meeting
    with BSP leaders and supporters at the party office in Lucknow, Mayawati
    said that the results of panchayat elections have shown the clear swing
    of voters in favour of BSP. “We hope that the elections to zila
    panchayat presidents will also in favour of the party,'’ she said. The
    BSP chief, in an apparent reference to BJP and SP, said that the
    opposition parties will try to misguide voters in the run up UP assembly
    elections. She asked her cadres to cautious of any such malicious
    design of the two parties.

    http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/bjp-congress-nearly-wiped-out-in-uttar-pradesh-panchayat-elections-1239250


    In UP, a Jolt for BJP in PM Modi’s Varanasi, for Congress in Rahul Gandhi’s Amethi


    Lucknow:  Headlines
    from panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh bring worry for the BJP, with
    candidates supported by the party routed in Prime Minister Narendra
    Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi and other places.

    Of 48
    seats in Varanasi, BJP-supported candidates have lost in 40, including
    in Jayapur, the village PM Modi had adopted as Varanasi MP.http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/supreme-court-asks-election-commission-to-implement-paper-trail-in-evms-537127

    http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/paper-trail-evms-in-2019-cec/200396.html




    Paper-trail EVMs in 2019: CEC



    Move to enhance transparency

    • The
      paper audit trail machine or Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT)
      was first introduced by the Commission in 2013 to enhance transparency
      and increase the electorate’s confidence that their vote goes without
      error to their desired candidate
    • Once the vote is polled, the
      VVPAT-linked EVM immediately takes a printout and it is preserved for
      later use to tally in case there is a dispute in the final result

    New Delhi, February 23

    Polling for the 2019 General Elections will be conducted through paper
    trail-based electronic voting machines to “enhance transparency”.
    Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi also said that voting
    through the internet is not on the EC’s agenda in the near future though
    it is going to use information and communication technology (ICT) in a
    big way to reach the voters in the coming days.
    “We have reached a stage where people are demanding 100 per cent
    deployment of paper audit trail machine. We have preserved the secrecy
    (in this system) as well. Our plan is that by 2019, the whole country
    will be covered by paper audit trail machines. The budget for this has
    been committed now,” Zaidi said while addressing an international
    seminar today.
    The next General Election is due in 2019. The paper audit trail machine
    or Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) was first introduced by the
    Commission in 2013 in order to enhance transparency in the poll process
    and increase the electorate’s confidence that their vote goes without
    error to their desired candidate.
    Once the vote is polled, the VVPAT-linked EVM immediately takes a
    printout and it is preserved for later use to tally in case there is a
    dispute in the final result. Zaidi, who was speaking on the topic
    ‘Leveraging Technology for Transparent and Credible Elections’, stressed
    that secrecy of voters will be zealously preserved.
    While the poll watchdog is taking full advantage of ICT for
    “recommending legislation” on providing electronic postal ballot
    facility to overseas Indian voters, the CEC said the same confidence
    cannot be expressed at present in the context of internet voting owing
    to security concerns.
    For e-postal ballot, Zaidi said a “safe technology” has been developed
    and it is being “validated and tested currently. “Employing internet
    voting or online voting is not our horizon in the long term because it
    requires serious consideration of challenges posed by technology.
    “We have to weigh perceived and actual benefits versus perceived and
    actual challenges associated with online voting. Security and secrecy of
    voting along with encryption and end-to-end verification of voters are
    some of the most important considerations,” he said. — PTI

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/2019-general-elections-will-have-papertrail-evms-cec/article8271881.ece#!


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    Paper-trail EVMs will be introduced in 2019 polls: CEC


    Polling for 2019 general elections will be conducted through paper
    trail-based electronic voting machines to “enhance transparency”.


    Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi also said that voting
    through the internet is not on EC’s agenda in the near future though it
    is going to use information and communication technology (ICT) in a big
    way to reach the voters in the coming days.


    “We have reached a stage where people are demanding hundred per cent
    deployment of paper audit trail machine. We have preserved the secrecy
    (in this system) as well. Our plan is that by 2019, the whole country
    will be covered by paper audit trail machines. The budget for this has
    been committed now,” Mr. Zaidi said while addressing an international
    seminar on Tuesday.


    The next general elections are due in 2019.


    The paper audit trail machine or Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail
    (VVPAT) was first introduced by the Commission in 2013 in order to
    enhance transparency in the polls process and increase electorate’s
    confidence that their vote goes without error to their desired
    candidate.


    Once the vote is polled, the VVPAT linked EVM immediately takes a
    printout and it is preserved for later use to tally in case there is a
    dispute in the final result.



    Mr. Zaidi, who was speaking on the topic ‘Leveraging Technology for
    Transparent and Credible Elections’, stressed that secrecy of voters
    will be zealously preserved.


    While the poll watchdog is taking full advantage of ICT for
    “recommending legislation” on providing electronic postal ballot
    facility to overseas Indian voters, the CEC said the same confidence
    cannot be expressed at present in the context of internet voting owing
    to security concerns.


    For e-postal ballot, Mr. Zaidi said a “safe technology” has been developed and it is being “validated and tested currently”.


    “Employing internet voting or online voting is not our horizon in the
    long term because it requires serious consideration of challenges posed
    by technology.



    “We have to weigh between perceived and actual
    benefits versus perceived and actual challenges associated with online
    voting, security and secrecy of voting along with encryption and
    end-to-end verification of voters are some of the most important
    consideration in online voting,” he said.

    http://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/state-assembly-elections-2016/2019-general-elections-to-have-paper-trail-evms-cec.html


    2019 general elections to have paper-trail EVMs: CEC…

    2019 general elections to have paper-trail EVMs: CEC



    Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. Nasim Zaidi delivers the inaugural address of a WEB (Association o…

    http://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/state-assembly-elections-2016/2019-general-elections-to-have-paper-trail-evms-cec.html


    onmanorama



    2019 general elections to have paper-trail EVMs: CEC
    Friday 18 March 2016 10:26 AM IST…

    http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/2019-general-elections-to-have-paper-trail-evms-cec/


    dailyexcelsior.com

    NEW DELHI: Polling for 2019 general elections will be conducted
    through paper trail-based electronic voting machines to “enhance
    transparency”.


    Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi also said that voting
    through the internet is not on EC’s agenda in the near future though it
    is going to use information and communication technology (ICT) in a big
    way to reach the voters in the coming days.


    “We have reached a stage where people are demanding hundred per cent
    deployment of paper audit trail machine. We have preserved the secrecy
    (in this system) as well. Our plan is that by 2019, the whole country
    will be covered by paper audit trail machines. The budget for this has
    been committed now,” Zaidi said while addressing an international
    seminar today.


    The next general elections are due in 2019.


    The paper audit trail machine or Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail
    (VVPAT) was first introduced by the Commission in 2013 in order to
    enhance transparency in the polls process and increase electorate’s
    confidence that their vote goes without error to their desired
    candidate.


    Once the vote is polled, the VVPAT linked EVM immediately takes a
    printout and it is preserved for later use to tally in case there is a
    dispute in the final result.


    Zaidi, who was speaking on the topic ‘Leveraging Technology for
    Transparent and Credible Elections’, stressed that secrecy of voters
    will be zealously preserved.


    While the poll watchdog is taking full advantage of ICT for
    “recommending legislation” on providing electronic postal ballot
    facility to overseas Indian voters, the CEC said the same confidence
    cannot be expressed at present in the context of internet voting owing
    to security concerns.


    For e-postal ballot, Zaidi said a “safe technology” has been developed and it is being “validated and tested currently….”


    “Employing internet voting or online voting is not our horizon in the
    long term because it requires serious consideration of challenges posed
    by technology.(Agencies)

    https://www.thequint.com/hot-news/2016/02/23/general-elections-in-2019-to-have-paper-trail-based-evms-cec


    General Elections in 2019 to Have Paper-Trail Based EVMs: CEC



    Polling for 2019 general elections will be conducted through
    paper trail-based electronic voting machines to “enhance
    transparency”.

    Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi also said that
    voting through the internet is not on EC’s agenda in the near future though it
    is going to use information and communication technology in a big way to
    reach the voters in the coming days.

    The paper audit trail machine or Voter Verified Paper Audit
    Trail (VVPAT) was first introduced by the Commission in 2013 in order to
    enhance transparency in the polls process and increase electorate’s confidence
    that their vote goes without error to their desired candidate.

    Once the vote is polled, the VVPAT linked EVM immediately
    takes a printout and it is preserved. This can be used to tally the votes in case there is a dispute in the final result.

    https://www.newsbytesapp.com/timeline/Politics/1550/9322/usage-of-paper-trail-evms-in-elections


    Politics

    Usage of paper-trail EVMs in elections 


    23 Feb 2016 | By Shiladitya





    Paper-trail EVMs to be used in 2019 elections



    The 2019 general elections will
    see the widespread use of paper-trail electronic voting machines (EVM)
    to “enhance transparency”.

    Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi further added that
    although voting through the internet is not on the Election Commission’s
    agenda, information communication technology is going to play a major
    role in reaching out to voters.

    Zaidi added that budget for paper-trail EVMs had been allotted.


    http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/shelf-life-of-50-evms-ending-have-to-buy-14-lakh-for-2019-ec/



    The Indian Express




    Shelf-life of 50% EVMs ending, have to buy 14 lakh for 2019: EC



    Taking into account
    the additional requirements, the EC has sought funds for 13.91 lakh new
    EVMs, estimated to cost over Rs 2,000 crore.

    Written by Shyamlal Yadav
    | New Delhi |

    Updated: October 25, 2015 5:51 am

    The Election Commission (EC) has estimated
    that it needs 13.91 lakh new electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the
    next Lok Sabha elections due in 2019, as over half the existing EVMs
    will complete their 15-year lifespan by then. The government, however,
    is yet to sanction the required funds.


    Currently, the EC has 17.12 lakh EVMs, of which 9.31 lakh will be
    outdated by 2019. Taking into account the additional requirements, the
    EC has sought funds for 13.91 lakh new EVMs, estimated to cost over Rs
    2,000 crore.


    “Approximately 22.50 lakh EVMs (ballot units) and 16.50 lakh control
    units will be required for conducting general elections… and
    simultaneous elections to various legislative assemblies,” the EC said
    in its reply to an RTI plea filed by The Indian Express.


    According to the RTI reply, the EC sent its first request to the law
    ministry — its administrative ministry — on June 16 last year. “The life
    of the EVMs has been estimated at 15 years, and according to this, the
    commission has to phase out pre-2006 EVMs in a phased manner,” wrote EC
    Secretary K N Bhar in the letter.


    Stating that since the total cost would be over Rs 2,000 crore, the
    EC suggested that the government may sanction the amount in phases,
    starting from 2014-15 to 2018-19.


    The EC also sought additional funds for VVPATs (Voter-Verified Paper
    Audit Trail) — Rs 714 crore each year from 2014-15 to 2017-18 for
    3,12,500 VVPATs every year.


    As the law ministry failed to respond, then CEC V S Sampath sent
    another letter on December 1. “Since no budget provision has been made
    in the first supplementary and considerable time has lapsed, it would
    not be possible to procure and make payment for purchase,” he wrote.


    The law ministry sent its response on February 6 this year, stating
    that the “same may not be considered since the ECI had informed that it
    is not possible for them to purchase the EVMs and VVPAT during financial
    year 2014-15.”


    The law ministry suggested that the demand for provision of funds for 2015-16 and 2016-17 may be submitted later.
    Regarding the demand for funds during 2017-18 and 2018-19, Jose Thomas,
    director, law ministry, wrote: “In the fast advancement of technology
    and the changing scenario, there may be drastic changes in EVMs and also
    there may be a remote possibility of introducing Aadhar based voting
    system in general elections 2019. Hence, it may not be advisable to
    calculate budget provision for the purchase of EVMs etc during the year
    2017-18 and 2018-19 at this stage.”


    While the EC also demanded separate funds for totalisers (instruments
    used for counting of votes), the law ministry wrote: “A policy decision
    is yet to be taken by competent authority in this regard. Besides, this
    issue is under examination by Law Commission of India as part of
    electoral reforms proposals being considered. Demand for fund for the
    same will be examined after a decision is taken in the matter.”


    On February 25, then CEC H S Brahma sent another letter to the law
    ministry stating that funds for new EVMs should be made available during
    the next four years.


    On August 27, EC officials informed at a meeting of officials of the
    law and finance ministries that “the manufacturers would not be in a
    position to supply the quantity indicated for the current financial year
    due to time constraints”. The law ministry then asked the EC to send a
    “revised proposal”.


    On September 22, EC Secretary Sumit Mukherjee sent the revised
    proposal to the law ministry. Sources said the ministry is yet to send
    its response.


    EVMs are manufactured by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL)-Bangalore
    and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL)-Hyderabad.


    Taking
    into account the additional requirements, the EC has sought funds for
    13.91 lakh new EVMs, estimated to cost over Rs 2,000 crore.
    indianexpress.com


    Jagatheesan Chandrasekharan
    ARDC-HAL at Senior Manager(Retd) 

    Tue
    Oct 27

    Ex CJI did not order for ballot paper system would be brought in. No
    such precautionary measure was decreed by the apex court. Ex CJI did not
    order that till the time this newer set of about 1300000 voting
    machines is manufactured in full & deployed totally any election to
    be conducted with these fraud EVMs. All the 80 democracies in the world
    who simply done away with fradulent EVMs and are using the paper
    ballots. To cover up now we hear of

    Shelf-life of 50% EVMs ending, have to buy 14 lakh for 2019

    According to the Right To Information (RTI) it is Left to Administrative
    Ministry on June 16 last year selected through the fraud EVMs “the life
    of the EVMs has been estimated ate 15 years, and according to this, the
    commission has to phase out pre-2006 EVMs in a phased manner.”This is
    Wrong To Information. The true fact is that the EVMs were tamperable.
    Hence Ex CJI SADHASIVAM, shirked its duty & committed a grave error
    of judgment by allowing in phased manner Fraud Tamperable EVMs on the
    request of CEC SAMPATH because of the Rs1600 crore cost to replace them
    and dealt a fatal blow to the Country’s democracy.

    Ex CJI did not order for ballot paper system would be brought in. No
    such precautionary measure was decreed by the apex court. Ex CJI did not
    order that till the time this newer set of about 1300000 voting
    machines is manufactured in full & deployed totally in any election
    to be conducted with these fraud EVMs. All the 80 democracies in the
    world who simply done away with fradulent EVMs and are using the paper
    ballots.

    With this proof the present CJI must dismiss the Central and all the
    state govt. selected by these fraud EVMs and order for fresh elections
    and save democracy, liberty, fraternity and equality as enshrined in the
    Constitution for peace, welfare and happiness of 99% Sarvajan Samaj.,
    i.e., all societies.



    Latest News Today


    Supreme Court asks Election Commission to implement paper trail in EVMs

    Supreme Court asks Election Commission to implement paper trail in EVMs

    New Delhi:  The
    Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Election Commission to introduce in a
    phased manner the paper trail in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for
    the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, saying “it is an indispensable requirement
    of free, fair and transparent” polls which will restore confidence of
    the voters.

    The Supreme Court, which directed the Centre to
    provide financial assistance to the poll panel for introduction Vote
    Verifier Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system with the EVMs, said it will
    “ensure the accuracy of the voting system” and also help in “manual
    counting of votes in case of dispute.”

    “The ‘paper trail’ is an
    indispensable requirement of free and fair elections. The confidence of
    voters in the EVMs can be achieved only with introduction of the paper
    trail,” it said.

    “EVMs with VVPAT system ensure the accuracy of
    the voting system. With an intent to have fullest transparency in the
    system and to restore the confidence of the voters, it is necessary to
    set up EVMs with VVPAT system because vote is nothing but an act of
    expression which has immense importance in democratic system,” the bench
    said.

    “VVPAT is a system of printing paper trail when the voter
    casts his vote, in addition to the electronic record of the ballot, for
    the purpose of verification of his choice of candidate and also for
    manual counting of votes in case of dispute,” a bench comprising Chief
    Justice P Sathasivam and Ranjan Gogoi said.


    The
    bench asked the Election Commission to introduce VVPAT in EVMs in
    gradual stages or geographical-wise in the 2014 general elections.

    While
    asking the Centre to provide financial assistance, the bench noted the
    submissions made by the Election Commission in its affidavit that it has
    decided to increase the use of VVPAT units in a phased manner and has
    already written to the Ministry of Law and Justice to issue
    administrative and financial sanction for procurement of 20,000 units of
    VVPAT (10,000 each from M/s BEL and M/s ECIL) costing Rs. 38.01 crore.

    The
    bench said, “Taking notice of the pragmatic and reasonable approach of
    the Election Commission and considering the fact that in general
    elections all over India, the Election Commission has to handle one
    million (ten lakh) polling booths, we permit EC to introduce the same in
    gradual stages or geographical-wise in the ensuing general elections.”



    “The
    area, state or actual booth(s) are to be decided by the EC and the EC
    is free to implement the same in a phased manner,” it said.

    The bench passed the order on two similar petitions; one of those petitions was filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.

    Claiming
    that EVMs were open to hacking, Mr Swamy had sought directions to the
    poll watchdog to introduce paper trail to easily and cheaply meet the
    requirements of proof that the EVM has rightly registered the vote cast
    by a voter.

    Mr Swamy had moved the Supreme Court against January
    2012 order of the Delhi High Court disallowing his prayer to direct
    Election Commission to incorporate the system of paper trail in EVMs.

    The
    bench noted that though initially the poll panel was little reluctant
    in introducing paper trail by use of VVPAT, pursuant to its directions,
    the Election Commission contacted several expert bodies and technical
    advisers and held meetings with national and state level political
    parties and carried out demonstrations.

    It noted that after a
    thorough examination, VVPAT was successfully used in 21 polling stations
    of 51-Noksen (ST) Assembly Constituency of Nagaland.

    “The
    information furnished by the ECI, through the affidavit dated October 1,
    2013 clearly shows that VVPAT system is a successful one,” the bench
    said.

    comments (0)
    03/11/17
    Documents in support of Paper Ballots instead of EVMs http://indiatoday.intoday.in/…/election-resul…/1/902494.html EVMs: Mayawati has a point, many countries have banned them since they can rig elections They have been a part of India’s election process for the last 15 years.
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    Documents in support of Paper Ballots instead of EVMs

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/…/election-resul…/1/902494.html

    EVMs: Mayawati has a point, many countries have banned them since they can rig elections

    They have been a part of India’s election process for the last 15 years.


    Mayawati alleged that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were
    managed in favour of the BJP and called for a paper ballot election, a
    demand also backed by Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.

    “The
    reports I got have raised the suspicion that the voting machines have
    been managed… It appears that voting machines have not registered
    votes cast in favour of other parties, or all the votes have been polled
    for the BJP. Even Muslim votes have gone to the BJP,” she said.


    Asked about Mayawati’s allegation, Akhilesh Yadav said, “If a question
    has been raised on the EVMs, the government should probe. I will also
    look at it on my level.”

    The social media, on the other hand, is
    always full of jokes and rumours whenever an election is held in India
    that any button pressed on the EVMs ensures the vote goes to the BJP (or
    whoever is in power).

    But the fact that EVMs can be easily tampered with is no rocket science.


    They have been a part of India’s election process for the last 15
    years. There is enough evidence to suggest EVMs are also unsafe and
    unreliable.

    WHAT ARE THE THREATS?

    1. EVMs can easily be hacked.

    2. The complete profile of a voter can be accessed through EVMs.

    3. EVMs can be used to manage the results of an election.

    4. The EVMs can easily be tampered by an election official.

    5. Even the election software of an EVM can be changed.


    That EVMs can be hacked is a threat that has been given not only in
    India, but in many other countries, which is why a number of them have
    banned the voting machines.

    1. Netherlands banned it for lack of transparency.

    2. Ireland, after three years of research worth 51 million pounds, decided to junk EVMs.

    3. Germany declared EVMs unconstitutional and banned it.

    4. Italy also dropped e-voting since its results could be easily managed.

    5. In the United States, California and many other states banned EVMs if they did not have a paper trail.

    6. According to a CIA security expert, Venezuela, Macedonia and Ukraine stopped using EVMs after massive rigging was found.

    7. England and France have never used EVMs.


    Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, along with a professor from
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, had also once said that the EVMs
    could be easily tampered with and their results manipulated. Which is
    why Mayawati has questioned their use in Uttar Pradesh and other states
    this year.


    As
    the BJP won a landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh, former Chief Minister
    Mayawati blamed it on largescale rigging and threatened to complain to
    the Election…

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    Navaneetham Chandrasekharan

    Dr Subramanian Swamy exposes fault in Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) (हिंदी)

    UP Election Results 2017: Mayawati No 3, Alleges Rigging.


    As the BJP headed for a landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh, former
    Chief Minister Mayawati blamed it on large scale rigging and threatened
    to complain to the Election Commission and go to court and hold an
    agitation till the matter was remedied.

    “Modi and Amit Shah, if
    they are really honest, they should get this election countermanded and
    revert to the system of ballot papers,”Ms Mayawati said. “This issue is
    so major now that to be silent about it is to strangle democracy.”


    People don’t believe in EVMs, said Ms Mayawati, who has a huge voter
    base among the state’s SC/STs. “Muslims want to know… they say ‘We
    haven’t voted for the BJP, so where is the question of non-BJP voters
    being transferred to them,” said Mayawati, who had fielded a large
    number of Muslim candidates.

    “The BJP has murdered democracy,”
    she added. In Punjab — where the BJP is trailing Congress - “they would
    also have done the same thing but they got scared”. “If the Election
    Commission doesn’t listen, I will go to court, do ‘andolan’
    (agitation),” she added.

    Accusing the BJP of rigging even the
    recently completed civic elections in Maharashtra, she said “Complaints
    of faulty EVMs had come through there as well”. While the BJP had not
    won an outright victory in the Mumbai civic elections, under the
    aggressive leadership of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, it had closed
    the gap with four-time winner Shiv Sena, coming to the position of a
    close second.

    https://www.thequint.com/…/maharashtra-civic-polls-show-evm…

    Maha Civic Polls Show EVMs May Be ‘Easily Vulnerable Machines’
    A storm of complaints across Maharashtra raise serious doubts about how fool-proof EVMs really are.
    www.thequint.com

    Murderer of democratic institutions (Modi) and Bahuth Jiyadha Psychopath chief are all CHOR GURU & CHANDAL SHISYA.


    Ms Mayawati’s BSP won 80% seats in the recently concluded UP Panchayat
    elections. Now after the dreaded DEMONetisation of Murderer of
    democratic institutions (Modi), BSP would have won all the seats to
    comeback in the state and to implement Sarvajan Hitay Saravjan Sukhay
    i.e., for welfare, happiness and peace for all societies.But only in 20
    constituencies the EVMs were replaced in UP Assembly election.

    She has got full support of Sarvajan Samaj including SC/STs/OBCs/Minorities and the Upper castes.

    Because Modi distorted the EVM in 2014 Lok Sabha elections he gobbled the Master Key.

    Since Mayawati gave the best governance as CM of UP, she became
    eligible to be the next PM. This was not tolerated by the congress. So they tampered the EVMs in favour of SP in 2012.

    Now the whole world is aware of the fact that the EVMs could be tampered , distorted and rigged.


    Sharad Yadav, stirred a controversy of electoral vote. “Ballot paper ke
    bare mein samjhane ki zarurat hai…i.e., there must be an awakening on
    the use of Ballot paper instead of EVMs until they are entire replaced.

    http://indianexpress.com/…/need-constitutional-amendment-m…/


    “We have reached a stage where people are demanding hundred per cent
    deployment of paper audit trail machine. Our plan is that by 2019, the
    whole country will be covered by paper audit trail machines. The budget
    for this has been committed now,” Zaidi said while addressing an
    international seminar today.

    “The Commission, with certain
    additional resources, can undertake the exercise of (holding)
    simultaneous elections in future. But there are two pre-conditions.
    “One, there should be an amendment in the Constitution through a process
    of political consensus and we will need some additional resources in
    terms of EVMs (electronic voting machines), etc,” Zaidi said.

    http://www.igovernment.in/…/2019-general-elections-have-pap…

    2019 general elections to have paper-trail EVMs

    Instead of waiting till 2019 the CEC must conduct elections with paper ballots system.

    It has been proved any doubt that the EVMs could be tampered.

    http://indianexpress.com/…/up-panchayat-polls-bsp-back-to-…/
    In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections Ms Mayawati’s BSP lost all the seats in
    UP because of these EVMs. But after some months BSP won with thumping
    majority with paper ballot system.

    http://www.advocatekhoj.com/lib…/judgments/announcement.php…
    the Ex CJI sathasivam had committed a grave error of judgement by
    ordering that the EVMs will be replaced in a phased manner as suggested
    by the ex CEC Sampath because of the cost of Rs 1600 crores involved in
    the entire replacement of the EVMs. Only in 8 out of 543 seats were
    replaced in 2014 Lok Sabha elections which helped the Murderer of
    democratic institutions (Modi) to gobble the Master Key.

    After that all state elections are using the very same EVMs that helped the BJP or Congress and their allies getting selected.

    In UP elections only in 20 constituencies the EVMs are being replaced.

    The CJI and CEC must order for paper ballot system till entire EVMs
    were replaced. And also order for dissolving the Central and state
    governments selected by these EVMs and go for fresh elections with paper ballot system.

    The next general elections are due in 2019.

    The paper audit trail machine or Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail
    (VVPAT) was first introduced by the Commission in 2013 in order to
    enhance transparency in the polls process and increase electorate’s
    confidence that their vote goes without error to their desired
    candidate.


    Once the vote is polled, the VVPAT linked EVM immediately takes a
    printout and it is preserved for later use to tally in case there is a
    dispute in the final result.

    Zaidi, who was speaking on the topic
    ‘Leveraging Technology for Transparent and Credible Elections’,
    stressed that secrecy of voters will be zealously preserved.

    For e-postal ballot, Zaidi said a “safe technology” has been developed and it is being “validated and tested currently….”

    Zaidi said the EC has always marched along with technology despite
    challenges coming its way like “controversies and opposition raised by
    political parties and activists” while introducing EVMs as replacement
    of the paper ballot system.

    He said despite these results, the
    EVMs “continued to be attacked by activists in various media and
    judicial fora on account of alleged lack of transparency”.

    “According to these activists, a voter does not get any physical
    evidence whether his voting has gone to the intended candidate.

    This in turn has led to introduction of paper audit trail machines after an order of Supreme Court in 2013,” he said.

    The CEC said VVPAT machines hence acted to resolve the queries and clarifications sought by people in this regard.


    He added that “not a single” dispute has been reported from the country
    vis-a-vis VVPAT usage in polls and the EC has deployed more than 20,000
    such paper audit trail machines till now.

    While moving forward in this direction, the CEC said the most important thing to be kept in mind was the security of the data.


    When the BJP was in opposition even the RSS favoured Paper Ballots but
    after it came to power they prefer EVMs and gave tickets to RSS cadres
    in support of its hindutva rashtra.

    Bahuth Jiyadha Psychopaths
    continue to harass the voters because they are not bothered about their
    votes as long as the EVMs are there to select them.

    And also the
    Congress, SP, BJP and all their allies are vultures of a feather that
    flock together feeding on the bodies of Sarvajan Samaj voters.

    BJP is using Religion for votes without any action being taken. RSS a
    non political party says reservation should be removed which is against
    our Modern Constitution. Again no action is being taken. EVMs were
    tampered in favour of Murderer of democratic institutions (Modi)

    http://history.edri.org/edri-g…/number7.5/no-evoting-germany

    Digital Civil Rights in Europe

    No e-voting in Germany

    Electronic voting

    This article is also available in:
    Deutsch: Keine E-Wahlen in Deutschland

    Macedonian: Нема е-гласање во Германија

    The German Federal Constitutional Court decided on 3 March 2009 that
    electronic voting used for the last 10 years, including for the 2005 general
    elections, was unconstitutional and therefore not to be used for the next
    elections in September 2009.

    The court ruled that the use of the electronic machines contradicts the
    public nature of elections and the equipment used in 2005 had some
    shortcomings. However, as there has been no evidence of errors in the
    past, the results of the previous elections remain valid.

    The use of e-voting was challenged by political scientist Joachim Wiesner
    and his son, physicist Ulrich Wiesner who complained that the system was not
    transparent because the voter could not check what actually happened to his
    vote, being actually asked to blindly trust the technology. The voting
    machines which are manufactured by the Dutch firm Nedap, do not print out
    receipts. In the plaintiffs’ opinion, the results could be manipulated.

    A petition signed by over 45 000 people in 2005, trying to ban e-voting, had
    been rejected by the German Government. Now, the court ruled that the
    Federal Voting Machines Ordinance having introduced e-voting was
    unconstitutional because it did not “ensure that only such voting machines
    are permitted and used which meet the constitutional requirements of the
    principle of the public nature of elections.”

    Also the court considered that, differently from the traditional voting
    system where manipulations and frauds are much more difficult involving a
    high degree of effort and a high risk of detection, “programming errors in
    the software or deliberate electoral fraud committed by manipulating the
    software of electronic voting machines can be recognised only with
    difficulty.” Also, in the court’s opinion, the electors should be able to
    verify how their vote is recorded without having to possess detailed
    computer knowledge. “If the election result is determined through
    computer-controlled processing of the votes stored in an electronic memory,
    it is not sufficient if merely the result of the calculation process carried
    out in the voting machine can be taken note of by means of a summarising
    printout or an electronic display.”

    A campaign against electronic voting has been initiated by EDRi member Chaos
    Computer Club together with the Dutch foundation Wij vertrouwen
    stemcomputers niet (We don’t trust voting computers) because of the risk of
    electronic errors and the potential for abuse.

    After a group of hackers had succeeded in tampering with similar machines in
    the Netherlands in 2006, the Dutch Government imposed a moratorium on the
    use of electronic voting machines and Ireland also has banned electronic
    voting.

    German Court Rules E-Voting Unconstitutional (3.03.2009)

    http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,4069101,00.html

    Federal Constitutional Court - Press release on Use of voting computers in
    2005 Bundestag election unconstitutional (3.03.2009)

    http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/…/p…/bvg09-019en.html

    Voting machines unconstitutional in Germany (3.03.2009)

    http://able2know.org/topic/129942-1

    EDRi-gram: Electronic voting machines eliminated in the Netherlands
    (24.10.2007)

    http://www.edri.org/…/number5…/e-voting-machines-netherlands

    ‹ IRMA tries to block websitesupEP wants a better balance between Internet security and privacy rights ›

    Since Congress started distorting EVM in its favour and
    then SP to defeat BSP, It has to be watched as to whose benefit
    distorting, rigging and tampering will take place. Now the whole world
    is aware of the fact that the EVM could be distorted.

    खबरदार चुनाव जीतने के लिए भाजपा EVM से छेड़छाड़ कर सकती है | BJP may distort EMV to win election
    Just
    1% intolerant, violent, militant, shooting, lynching, lunatic, mentally
    retarded, terrorist, horrorist cannibal chitpawan brahmin of Rakshasa
    Swayam Sevaks (RSS) Jagaran had projected 300 seats for Bahuth Jiyadha
    Psychopaths (BJP) and was booked for action.
    When the BJP was in opposition the RSS favoured paper
    ballots. Now since BJP is in power the want these EVMs to keep tampering
    in their favour.

    http://news.webindia123.com/…/A…/India/20100828/1575461.html

    RSS favours paper ballots, EVMs subjected to public scrutinyNew Delhi | Saturday, Aug 28 2010 IST

    Joining
    the controversy regarding the reliablity of Electronic Voting Machines
    (EVMs) which have been questioned by political parties, the RSS today
    asked the Election Commission (EC) to revert back to tried and tested
    paper ballots and subject EVMs to public scrutiny whether these gadgets
    are tamper proof. In an editorial titled ‘Can we trust our EVMs?’, The
    Organiser, the RSS mouthpiece, noted it was a fact that till date an
    absolutely tamper-proof machine had not been invented and credibility of
    any system depends on ‘transparency, verifiability and trustworthiness’
    than on blind and atavistic faith in its infallibility. The issue is
    not a ‘private affair’ and it involves the future of India. Even if the
    EVMs were genuine, there was no reason for the EC to be touchy about it,
    the paper commented. The Government and the EC can’t impose EVMs as a
    fait accompli on Indian democracy as the only option before the voter.
    There were flaws like booth capturing, rigging, bogus voting, tampering
    and ballot paper snatching in the ballot paper system of polling leading
    the country to switch over to the EVMs and all these problems were
    relevant in EVMs too. Rigging was possible even at the counting stage.
    What made the ballot papers voter-friendly was that all aberrations were
    taking place before the public eye and hence open for corrections
    whereas the manipulations in the EVMs is entirely in the hands of powers
    that be and the political appointees manning the sytem, the paper
    commented. The EVM has only one advantage — ’speed’ but that advantage
    has been undermined by the staggered polls at times spread over three to
    four months. ‘’This has already killed the fun of the election
    process,’’ the paper noted. Of the dozen General Elections held in the
    country, only two were through the EVMs and instead of rationally
    addressing the doubts aired by reputed institutions and experts the
    Government has resorted to silence its critics by ‘intimidation and
    arrests on false charges’, the paper observed, recalling the arrest of
    Hyederabad-based technocrat Hari Prasad by the Mumbai Police. Prasad’s
    research has proved that the EVMs were ‘vulnerable to fraud’. The
    authorities want to send a message that anybody who challenges the EC
    runs the risk of persecution and harassment, the RSS observed. Most
    countries around the world looked at the EVMs with suspicion and
    countries like the Netherlands, Italy, Germany and Ireland had all
    reverted back to paper ballots shunning EVMs because they were ‘easy to
    falsify, risked eavesdropping and lacked transparency’. Democracy is too
    precious to be handed over to whims or an opaque establishment and
    network of unsafe gizmos. ‘’For the health of Indian democracy it is
    better to return to tried and tested methods or else elections in future
    can turn out to be a farce,’’ the editorial said.– (UNI) — 28DI28.xml


    Now will the BJP Say ‘Take A Chill Pill’ with its lawmaker Babul
    Supriyo allege the RSS. that it has become “inconsequential” and for
    whose farewell it is ? Smriti Irani, too, can take a swipe at RSS,
    saying it was a case of “sour grapes” when BJP was in opposition.


    Now the CEC and CJI must order for dissolution of Central and State
    governments selected by these EVMs and go for fresh polls with paper
    ballots till the entire EVMs are replaced as we have reached a stage
    where people are demanding hundred per cent deployment of paper audit
    trail machine. And as the plan is that by 2019, the whole country will
    be
    covered by paper audit trail machines. The budget for this has been
    committed now as said by Zaidi.

    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



    Electronic voting machines
     EVM is not tamper-free & needs rectification : Swamy to Delhi HC
    PTI
    New
    Delhi: Janata Party president Subramanium Swamy today contended before
    the Delhi high court that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) is not
    tamper-free and it needs rectification to ensure free and fair
    elections.
    Appearing before a Bench headed by the acting chief
    justice Madan B Lokur, Swamy said EVMs should not be used without paper
    receipts.

    Swamy contested the Election Commission’s claim that EVMs were tamper-proof, claiming it has been proved wrong.

    The
    former MP said EC’s refusal to entertain his request for the dual
    system forced him to approach the court for its intervention in the
    matter.

    He said that EVM is not a unique instrument as claimed by
    the Commission since Bharat Electronics Limited and Electronics
    Corporation of India Limited, who have developed the machines, have
    withdrawn the application for patent before the World Intellectual
    Property Organisation.

    The court after hearing his arguments
    adjourned the matter for April 14 as he sought time to place some more
    documents before it.

    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_evm-is-not-tamper-free-and-needs-rectification-swamy-to-delhi-hc_1349162

    With EVMs public do NOT know if results are accurate: Prof. Dill

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/26954805/Dr-Dill-Letter-to-ECI

    Dr.
    David L. Dill, Prof. of Computer Science, Stanford University wrote to
    Mr. Navin Chawla, Chief Election Commissioner on 3 Feb. 2010 on the
    ongoing debate on the usage of EVMs in India.

    He writes:

    [quote]…An
    important function of elections is to establish the legitimacy of the
    elected officials in the eyes of the public. Skeptical, untrusting
    observers should be able to see that election results are correct. It is
    not sufficient for election results to be accurate; the public must
    KNOW that the results are accurate. Civil society is damaged if
    elections are not credible, even when fraud cannot be demonstrated.

    In
    traditional elections, paper ballots contribute to election credibility
    because voters can ensure that their votes have been properly recorded
    (when they write them on the ballot), and poll workers and observers at
    the polling place can ensure that ballots are not changed, added or
    removed after being deposited in the ballot box. In contrast, purely
    electronic voting machines do not allow voters to verify that their
    votes have been accurately recorded, and do not allow observers to
    witness that the ballots have not been tampered with. Electronic voting
    machines provide no evidence during or after the election to convince a
    skeptic that the election results are accurate.

    It is not clear
    that this situation would be acceptable even if electronic voting
    machines could be guaranteed to be accurate and honest. But such
    assurances are well beyond the current state of computer technology.
    More importantly, it is not feasible to prevent malicious changes to the
    machines’ hardware or software. Computers are especially vulnerable to
    malicious changes by insiders such as designers, programmers,
    manufacturers, maintenance technicians etc. Indeed it is not known how
    to build trustworthy paperless electronic voting systems even using
    EXTREME security measures. Of course, these problsms are magnified
    enormously when the design of the machines is held secret from
    independent reviewers.

    I understand that the argument has been
    raised in India that the EVMs are safe because they are not connected to
    a network. All of the concerns I raise apply to non-networked machines,
    since voting machines in the U.S. are also never connected to the
    Internet. For example, a manufacturer or technician can maliciously
    change the software or hardware on a machine whether it is connected to a
    network or not.

    With current technology, the only trustworthy
    voting methods are those that allow individual voters to verify that
    their votes have been properly recorded on a paper ballot. In the United
    States, most voting systems rely on paper ballots that are filled out
    directly by the voters, and counted either by hand or by machine. If the
    votes are counted by machine, it is necessary to audit the performance
    of the machines by choosing groups of ballots at random and counting
    them by hand.

    …’Computerized voting equipment is inherently
    subject to programming error, equipment malfunction, and malicious
    tampering.’ It is time to recognize the reality that there is no basis
    for public trust in paperless electronic voting equipment.

    I
    would  be happy to discuss this topic with you further, including
    technical issues, referring you to individuals with various kinds of
    expertise whom I know, or sharing more detailed experiences with
    electronic voting issues in the United States. We can converse by
    telephone, email, or you would be welcome to visit me at Stanford if you
    are in the United States. I look forward to hearing from you…[unquote]
    EVM’s credibility questioned
    URVASHI SARKAR, THE HINDU, 16 FEB. 2010
    Though
    electronic voting machines were used in the general elections in the
    country in 2004 and 2009, there were many complaints and allegations
    regarding their use, Save Indian Democracy member Satya Dosapati said
    here on Tuesday.

    “The problems associated with EVMs are not
    unique to India, other countries such as the United States and Europe
    too have experienced them. Therefore many countries are now
    reconsidering the use of EVMs,” he added.

    Addressing a press
    conference, Mr. Dosapati said there was need for a debate on the merits
    and demerits of the use of EVMs and the paper ballot system.

    He
    referred to a letter written by Stanford University professor Dr. David
    Dill to the Chief Election Commissioner
    (http://www.scribd.com/doc/26954805/Dr-Dill-Letter-to-ECI) of India. The
    letter states that paper ballots contributed to election credibility
    since voters could ensure that their votes had been properly recorded
    when they wrote them on the ballot and poll workers and observers at the
    venue could ensure that ballots were not changed, added or removed
    after being deposited in the ballot box.

    On the other hand EVMs
    did not allow voters to verify that their votes had been accurately
    recorded or allow observers to witness that the ballots had not been
    tampered with. EVMs provided no evidence during or after the elections
    to convince sceptics that the election results were accurate, the letter
    said.

    Mentioning instances of countries which had banned EVMs
    for elections, Mr. Dosapati said: “The German Supreme Court has banned
    EVMs while the Netherlands too has banned them despite spending millions
    of dollars to operate them. About 21 States in the US have paper-backed
    elections.”

    He also cited an Indian organisation Voter Watch which claimed that EVMs could be tampered with.

    Speaking
    about why Germany decided to discontinue with EVMs, attorney Dr. Till
    Jaeger said: “EVMs which were in use in Germany since 1998 were banned
    by a Supreme Court order in 2009. The use of EVMs was considered
    unconstitutional as long as there was no paper-based proof to show
    voting activity.”

    “The election process should be public and
    verifiable. There is a lack of public control in using these machines,”
    Dr. Jaeger added, saying that there was no way of finding out what
    happened to one’s vote once it was registered by the machine.

    “One
    cannot see if the machine is tampered with. In the paper ballot system,
    some observation is possible. If ballot boxes are stuffed, one can at
    least see it happening. The use of EVMs may seem efficient but is still
    not justifiable.” he said.

    Email the Editor

    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article107694.ece

     
    EVM violates secrecy of ballot by booth profiling
     

    This report from Sikkim about EVMs raises an important point against the use of EVMs.
    Paper ballot system maintains secrecy of the vote. EVM breaches the secrecy of the vote.
    When
    paper ballots are used, there is a procedure to mix up the ballots from
    all the ballot boxes of a constituency before counting begins.
    With
    the EVMs, votes polled in every booth become known, EVM control unit by
    EVM control unit and thus expose the votes of a booth to intimidation by
    political parties.
    Kalyanaraman
     
    Sikkim to suggest amalgamation of EVM data into Master EVM
    Sikkim Express: www.sikkimexpress.com
     
    Sikkim to suggest amalgamation of EVM data into Master EVM
    GANGTOK,
    January 29: Sikkim is seeking to suggest the Election Commission of
    India (ECI) to introduce such a device which is capable of amalgamating
    all the data fed in the EVMs at various polling booths into a Master EVM
    in an individual constituency to ensure even freer and fair elections.
    According
    to AIR Gangtok evening news broadcasted today, Joint Chief Electoral
    Officer CP Dhakal said that the Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Bhushan
    Pathak will be raising the issue at the All India Conference of Chief
    Electoral Officers at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan on February 4 and 5.
    Dhakal
    said that the Chief Election Commissioner will also be requested to
    issue necessary directions to the Electronics Corporation of India
    Limited (ECIL) or the Bharart Electronics Limited (BEL) for production
    of such devices as to ensure a more objective polling process.
    Dhakal
    recalled that when the ballot papers were being used for polling, prior
    to switching over to the EVMs, the ballot papers from all the ballot
    boxes, from various polling booths in an individual constituency, were
    used to be mixed up well before the counting of votes began at the
    counting centres.
    The AIR broadcast pointed that such a
    recommendation from the State Election Office assumes much significance
    in the light of the fact that the State had experienced post-violence in
    the past. Even today some of the opposition leaders in the State
    complain of alleged discrimination by the State Government and
    intimidation by the ruling party workers against their supporters on the
    basis of their voting choice.

    http://voiceofsikkim.com/2010/01/30/sikkim-to-suggest-amalgamation-of-evm-data-into-master-evm/comment-page-1/

    EVM: Parakesarivarma Chola’s intellectual property right
    EVM
    or secret balloting while ensuring the public nature of the elections
    is as old as Parakesarivarma Chola, who, about 1000 years ago wrote the
    procedure in an inscription on stone. This is also known as kudavolai
    stone inscription. (kudam means ‘pot’ as ballot box; olai means
    ‘palm-leaf’ as ballot).

    This was the basis for the Constitution
    of India which has the basic feature of democratic republic. The
    inscription was also discussed in the Constituent Assembly.
    http://164.100.47.132/lssnew/constituent/vol4p8.pdf T. Prakasam, Member
    of the Constituent Assembly, 23rd JULY 1947 stated: Adult suffrage is
    not a new thing. as imagined by some of our friends, handed down to us
    by Great Britain. Adult suffrage you will find inscribed on the stone
    walls of a temple in the village of Uttaramerur twenty miles from
    Conjeeveram, the whole structure of democracy of those days just a
    thousand years ago,-many of us imagine that it is Great Britain that has
    given us the democratic process of election; that is not so. You will
    find ‘on the stone walls of that temple written in the Tamil language an
    inscription to the effect that there was democratic election carried on
    then on the basis of adult suffrage a thousand years ago. There was
    adult suffrage as stated there. There were no wooden boxes which could
    be used as ballot boxes, but cadjan leaves were used as ballot papers
    and pots as ballot boxes. That is the way in which they carried on the
    administration of the country, even in the villages; and it is the
    misfortune of this country that we have fallen on evil days and came
    under the rule of different kings.

    Cholas had an advanced system democratic republic for local-self governance of villages.

    I
    am attaching photographs of the rule books of the 1000-year old stone
    inscription; I request Govt. of India through Chief Election
    Commissioner of India to seek an international patent for the stunning
    and stable election process for a democratic republic. (Actual date of
    the inscription is: mudalam parantakanin padinankavatu aandu padinaram
    naal, that is, the 16th day of the fourteenth year of Parantaka Chola
    king).

    The kudam ‘pot’ used is the electronic machine part of
    EVM. I challenge anyone to tamper with an ancient pot from Chola days.
    The terracotta and palm-leaves are non-tamperable and are, respectively,
    authentic ballot boxes and authentic ballots which can be preserved for
    thousands of years in the vaults of the Election Commission.

    Uttaramerur Inscription: Recording the Mode of Election to Village Assemblies in the Tenth Century A.D.

    The text of the inscription is in V. Venkayya, Annual Report on Epigraphy, 1904

    King

    Parakesarivarman, who conquered Madurai.

    Date

    On the sixteenth day of the fourteenth year.

    Royal Order

    Whereas
    a royal letter of His Majesty, our lord, the glorious  Viranarayana,
    the illustrious Parantakadeva, the prosperous Parkesarivarman, was
    received and was shown to us,

    The Village

    We, the members of the assembly of Uttaramerur-caturvedi-mangalam in its own subdivision of Kaliyurkottam,

    Officer Present

    Karanjai Kondaya-Kramavitta bhattan alias Somasiperuman of Srivanganagar in Purangarambainadu, a district of the Chola country,

    Settlement

    Sitting
    with us and convening the committee in accordance with the royal
    command, made a settlement as follows according tothe terms of the royal
    letter for choosing once every year from this year forward members for
    the “Annual Committee”, “Garden Committee”, and “Tank Committee”:

    Wards

    There shall be thirty wards;

    Qualifications

    In
    these thirty wards, those that live in each ward shall assemble and
    shall choose for “pot-tickets” ( Kudav Olai) anyone possessing the
    following qualifications:

     
    (a) He must own more than a quarter veli of tax-paying land;

    (b) He must live in a house built on his own site;

    (c) His age must be below 70 and above 35;

    (d) He must know the  Mantrabrahmana, i.e., he must know it by teaching others;

    (e)
    Even if one owns only one-eighth  veli of land, he should have his name
    written on the pot-ticket to be put into the pot, in case he has learnt
    one Veda and one of the four bhasyas by explaining it to others.

     
    Among those possessing the foregoing qualifications:

     
    (f) Only such as are well conversant with business and are virtuous shall be taken and,

    (g)
    One who possesses honest earnings, whose mind is pure and who has not
    been on any of the committees for the last three years shall also be
    chosen.

     
    Disqualifications

     
    (a)  One who has been
    on any of the committees but has not submitted his accounts, and all his
    relations, specified below, shall not have their names written on the
    pot-tickets and put into the pot;

    (b) The sons of the younger and elder sisters of his mother,

    (c) The sons of his paternal aunt and maternal uncle,

    (d) The uterine brother of his mother,

    (e) The uterine brother of his father,

    (f) His uterine brother,

    (g) His father-in-law,

    (h) The uterine brother of his wife,

    (i) The husband of his uterine sister,

    (j) The sons of his uterine sister,

    (k) The son-in-law who has married his daughter,

    (l) His father,

    (m) His son;

    (n) One against whom incest ( agamyagamana) or the first four of the five great sins are recorded,

    (o) All his relations above specified shall not have their names written on the pot-tickets and put into the pot;

    (p) One who is foolhardy;

    (q) One who has stolen the property of another;

    (r) One who has taken forbidden dishes (?) of any kind and who has become pure by performing expiation;

    (s) One who has committed sins and has become pure by performing expiatory ceremonies;

    (t) One who is guilty of incest and has become pure by performing expiatory ceremonies.

    (u)
    All these thus specified shall not to the end of their lives have their
    names written on the pot-ticket to be put into the pot for any of the
    committees.

    Mode of Election

    Excluding all these,
    thus specified, names shall be written for pot-tickets in the thirty
    wards and each of the wards in these twelve streets of Uttaramerur shall
    prepare a separate covering ticket for each of the thirty wards bundled
    separately. These packets shall be put into a pot. When the pot-tickets
    have to be drawn, a full meeting of the Great Assembly, including the
    young and old members, shall be convened. All the temple priests
    (Numbimar) who happen to be in the village on that day, shall, without
    any exception whatever, be caused to be seated in the inner hall, where
    the great assembly meets.

    In the midst of the temple priests one
    of them, who happens to be the eldest, shall stand up and lift that pot
    looking upwards so as to be seen by all people. One ward, i.e., the
    packet representing it, shall be taken out by any young boy standing
    close, who does not know what is inside, and shall be transferred to
    another empty pot and shaken. From this pot one ticket shall be drawn by
    the young boy and made over to the arbitrator (madhyastha). While
    taking charge of the ticket thus given to him, the arbitrator shall
    receive it on the palm of his hand with the five fingers open. He shall
    read out the name in the ticket thus received. The ticket read by him
    shall also be read out by all the priests present in the inner hall. The
    name thus read out shall be put down (and accepted). Similarly one man
    shall be chosen for each of the thirty wards.

    Constitution of the Committee

    Of
    the thirty men thus chosen, those who had previously been on the Garden
    committee and on the Tank committee, those who are advanced in
    learning, and those who are advanced in age shall be chosen for the
    Annual Committee. Of the rest, twelve shall be taken for the Garden
    committee and the remaining six shall form the Tank committee. These
    last two committees shall be chosen by showing the Karai.

    Duration of the Committees

    The
    great men of these three committees thus chosen for them shall hold
    office for full three hundred and sixty days and then retire.

    Removal of Persons Found Guilty

    When
    one who is on the committee is found guilty of any offence, he shall be
    removed at once: for appointing the committees after these have
    retired, the members of the Committee “for Supervision of Justice” in
    the twelve streets of Uttaramerur shall convene an assembly kuri with
    the help of the Arbitrator. The committees shall be appointed by drawing
    pot-tickets according to this order of settlement.

    Pancavara and Gold Committees

    For
    the Pancavara committee and the Gold committee, names shall be written
    for pot-tickets in the thirty wards. Thirty packets with covering
    tickets shall be deposited in a pot and thirty pot-tickets shall be
    drawn as previously described. From these thirty tickets chosen,
    twenty-four shall be for the Gold committee and the remaining six for
    the Pancavara committee. When drawing pot-tickets for these two
    committees next year, the wards which have been already represented
    during the year in question on these committees shall be excluded and
    the reduction made from the remaining wards by drawing theKarai. One who
    has ridden on an ass and one who has committed forgery shall not have
    his name written on the pot-ticket to be put into the pot.

    Qualification of the Accountant

    Any
    Arbitrator who possesses honest earnings shall write the accounts of
    the village. No accountant shall be appointed to that office again
    before he submits his accounts for the period during which he was in
    office to the great men of the big committee and is declared to have
    been honest. The accounts which one has been writing, he shall submit
    himself and no other accountant shall he chosen to close his accounts.

    King’s Order

    Thus,
    from this year onwards, as long as the moon and the sun endure,
    committees shall always be appointed by pot-tickets alone. To this
    effect was the royal letter received and shown to us graciously issued
    by Lord of Gods, the emperor, one who is fond of learned men, the
    wrestler with elephants, the crest jewel of heroes, whose acts i.e.,
    gifts, resemble those of the celestial tree, the glorious
    Parakesarivarman.

    Officer Present

    At the royal command,
    Karanjai Kondaya Kramavitta bhattan alias Somasiperuman of Srivanganagar
    in Purangarambai-nadu, a district of the Chola country, sat with us and
    thus caused this settlement to be made.

    Villager’s Decision

    We,
    the members of the assembly of Uttaramerur Caturvedimangalam, made this
    settlement for the prosperity of our village in order that wicked men
    may perish and the rest may prosper.

    The Scribe

    At the
    order of the great men, sitting in the assembly, I, the Arbitrator
    Kadadippottan Sivakkuri Rajamallamangalapriyan, thus wrote this
    settlement.

    http://www.vasucv.com/tirukkovil/uttara-inscriptions_files/image002.jpg

     http://www.vasucv.com/tirukkovil/uttara-inscriptions_files/image003.jpg

    Full reading is at http://www.vasucv.com/tirukkovil/uttara-inscriptions.htm

    S. Kalyanaraman, Director Sarasvati Research Centre

    Kalyan97@gmail.com 15 Feb. 2010

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/26863214/EVM-parakesarivarmachola

    Intellectual property?
    There
    are two types of EVMs. One with date-time stamp (introduced for 2009
    polls by ECI) and another WITHOUT such stamping feature. According to
    ECI website, the processor chip is imported from Japan.

    In
    reality, the microchips are delivered by Microchip USA and Renesas Japan
    local agents to ECIL and BEL from Microchip, USA and Renesas, Japan as
    masked microchips (to ECIL) or One time programmable read only memory
    (OTP-ROM) microchips (to BEL).

    The following is the status of the patent pending according to the World Intellectual Property Organization website:

    EVM
    India, BEL’s application of 2002 for patent.
    http://www.sumobrain.com/patents/wipo/Electronic-voting-machine-evm/WO2002084607.html
    http://www.wipo.int/pctdb/en/wo.jsp?WO=2002084607
    Report
    generated on: 14.02.2010
    http://www.wipo.int/pctdb/iasr?IA=IN2002000043&LANGUAGE=EN&ID=0&VOL=0&DOC=0&WO=02/084607&WEEK=null&TYPE=&DOC_TYPE=IASR&PAGE=1
    Intl. Application status report
    http://www.wipo.int/pctdb/en/wads.jsp?IA=IN2002000043&LANGUAGE=EN&ID=09006361800979b0&VOL=17&DOC=006533&WO=02/084607&WEEK=43/2002&TYPE=A1&DOC_TYPE=PAMPH&PAGE=1
    Drawings
     
    Figure 18 shows the state transition diagram of voting
    process. It also gives the different state of the machine and change
    over from one state to other.

    http://www.wipo.int/pctdb/en/wads.jsp?IA=IN2002000043&LANGUAGE=EN&ID=09006361800979b0&VOL=17&DOC=006533&WO=02/084607&WEEK=43/2002&TYPE=A1&DOC_TYPE=PAMPH&PAGE=1
    Figure 18
    Title:
    ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINE (EVM)
    Abstract:
    The
    ballot unit (BU) which contains sixteen candidate buttons and indicator
    lamps for each candidate button is interconnected to control unit (CU)
    through a five-meter-length twenty-five core flat jacketed cable. The
    control unit (CU), initially set for a particular number of contesting
    candidates, activates the ballot unit (BU). The voting continues until
    all the voters cast their votes. On completion of voting, operating the
    close button (28) closes the control unit (CU), machine power switched
    off, and control unit (CU) is packed into carrying case and taken into
    the counting centers for the counting of votes. The result of the
    election is displayed on the display screen (12) upon pressing of a
    result button (29, 30) in the control unit (CU). The recorded votes cast
    against each candidate are displayed sequentially in the display screen
    (12) with a buzzer beep sound. The voting data is retained in the
    memory even if power is switched off. The machine can be used for
    conducting simultaneous elections using the auxiliary control unit (ACU)
    along with the main control unit (CU). The entire machine is operated
    by a 7.5V battery and allows the selection of a maximum of sixty-four
    contesting candidates. Compartments are provided in the machine
    constructed according to the invention with interlocking and thread
    sealing features, the machine thus being tamper proof, error free and
    easy to operate. The voting data recorded once are retained in the
    memory until it is erased by operating a clear button (31). The entire
    machine is constructed in injection moulded plastic for mass manufacture
    and fabricated of light weight. The machine is convenient to use and
    portable.
    Inventors:
    Rajagopalan, Jagannathan (353 11th Cross, 14th Main J.P. Nagar, II Phas, Bangalore 8 Karnataka, 560 07, IN)
    Publication Date:
    October 24, 2002
    Filing Date:
    March 13, 2002
    Export Citation:
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    Assignee:
    BHARAT ELECTRONICS LIMITED (At Trade Center, 116/2 Race Course Roa, Bangalore 1 Karnataka, 560 00, IN)
    Rajagopalan, Jagannathan (353 11th Cross, 14th Main J.P. Nagar, II Phas, Bangalore 8 Karnataka, 560 07, IN)
    International Classes:
    G07C13/00
    Attorney, Agent or Firm:
    Alamelu, Vaidyanathan (451 2nd Cross, 3rd Block 3rd Stage, Basaveshwaranaga, Bangalore 9 Karnataka, 560 07, IN)
    Claims:
    CLAIMS
    1.
    An
    Apparatus for conducting elections for Parliament, State Assembly,
    Municipal and other local bodies on the majority voting scheme as per
    constitution of India on   secret ballot and one voteronevote principle
    comprising. a) A control unit having an OTP Micro controller (One time
    programmable) to collect, record and store, count and display, a non
    volatile data memory being interfaced serially to the Microcontroller,
    the said memory stores the data during voting process, the various
    control signals are generated through the shift register, a power
    monitoring circuit to generate the reset to the Microcontroller, a seven
    segment drivedecoder to generate display data, a ballot unit interface
    along with the necessary connector, all being housed in a housing, the
    top portion of the control unit being divided in to four sections i. e.,
    (i) A display section consisting of two lamps ON to indicate that the
    machine is ready for use and BUSY to indicate that the voter can record
    his vote, and the display panelsone of 2 digits and the other of four
    digits to display the   no of candidates, total number of votes polled,
    individual votes for each candidate and the errors, if any, (ii)
    Candidate set section divided into two parts, one having”Candidate Set
    Button”to set the number of contesting candidates, the other part for
    carrying the power pack, two doors, one to cover the candidate set
    button individually and the other which covers the entire section, (iii)
    Result section divided into two parts, one having the close button to
    close the polling operations, the other part divided into three sub
    sections wherein result I and Result II buttons and clear buttons are
    housed, the result buttons are used to display the results and clear
    button is used to clear the previous voting records, two separate doors,
    one to lock the result button sub sections and another to cover the
    entire section and (iv) Ballot section wherein”ballot button”to permit
    the voter to cast a vote and total buttons to show the total number of
    votes polled are housed, and (b) a ballot unit having a base which
    encloses a printed circuit board and a cover thereof, a connector box
    for inter connecting cables to the control unit, sixteen push button
    voting switches (one switch for each contesting candidates), an
    indicator lamp which glows when the voter is permitted to vote, a slide
    switch to indicate the ballot unit number.
     
    2.
    Apparatus as claimed in claim 1, wherein multilevel thread sealing provision is made to protect against any possible tampering.
     
    3.
    Apparatus
    as claimed in claim 1, wherein the control unit and ballot unit are
    made by injection moulded plastic parts, fastenerless heat sealing
    assembly technique, which provides consistent quality for mass
    production at economical cost.
     
    4.
    Apparatus as claimed in
    claim 1, wherein said base comprises of rectangular moulded base
    providing locating latches, guides for inserting PCB, self tapping
    bosses to fix PCB, heat sealing pipes to seal door II & III, cutout
    for accommodating rear door and pips with depression for fixing serial
    number plate.
     
    5.
    Apparatus as claimed in claim 1, including
    cover, rectangular moulded part contains   compartments for ballot,
    total, close, result I, result II, cand. set and clear buttons, a cavity
    to accommodate doors II, door III & door IV, a compartment for
    power pack, windows for ON, Serial number, Votes and busy indication,
    protrusion to hold the rear door, counter bore to fix cover to base at
    the four locations with selftapping screws.
     
    6.
    Apparatus as
    claimed in claim 1, wherein said door I is a moulded cover including
    cutouts to reach result keys form cover, latches to open from inside,
    lugs for thread   sealing to the cover.
     
    7.
    Apparatus as
    claimed in claim 1, wherein said door II is a cover hinged to base and
    enclosing the close, results and clear button, Slots for latching to
    base, and slant surface with hole to thread seal to the base.
     
    8.
    Apparatus
    as claimed in claim 1 including door III comprising moulded panel
    hinged to base enclosing cand. set switch, power pack compartments, slot
    for latching to base, and slant surface with hole to thread seal to the
    base.
     
    9.
    Apparatus as claimed in claim 1 including door IV,
    comprising moulded cover hinged to the main cover and enclosing cand.
    set swich and lugs for thread sealing to the cover.
     
    10.
    Apparatus
    as claimed in claim 1, wherein a panel enclosing the out going
    connector compartment, rotates and opens out for interconnection, latch
    and thread sealing lugs on both sides. 1I.
     
    11.
    Apparatus as claimed in claim 1, including spacers for sandwich mounting of PCB between base and cover.
     
    12.
    Apparatus
    as claimed in claim 1, including the construction of recessed switch
    knob to ensure deliberate pressing by voter to record the votes.
     
    13.
    Apparatus
    as claimed in claim 1, wherein said base is a rectangular moulded panel
    with self tapping holes to fix PCB, provision for fixing stand,
    compartment for connector interconnecting and sealing pipes to fix
    serial number plate.
     
    14.
    Apparatus as claimed in claim 1,
    wherein said base is a rectangular moulded panel with self tapping holes
    to fix PCB, provision for fixing stand, Compartment for connector
    interconnecting and sealing pipes to fix serial number plate.
     
    15.
    Apparatus
    as claimed in claim 1 including cover, rectangular moulded panel with
    oblong cutouts to operate switch knob to register the vote, stepped slot
    to fit cover ballot sheet, slots to hold right and left flops at
    extreme corners and pips for fixing hinges at the bottom side.
     
    16.
    Apparatus
    as claimed in claim 1 including PCB cover, rectangular panel enclosing
    the PCB and provided ing holes for inserting sixteen sets of switch and
    close knobs.
     
    17.
    Apparatus as claimed in claim 1, including
    cover ballot sheet, transparent cover for inserting paper containing
    name, serial number and election symbol of contesting candidates, fixed
    to cover with round latch for easy rotation.
     
    18.
    Apparatus as
    claimed in claim 1, including switch knob and closing knob constructed
    in that form to operate one at a time in the oblong opening, the
    construction of movement of one knob brings other knob into position.
     
    19.
    Apparatus
    as claimed in claim 1, including flap right and left enclosing latch of
    main cover and provided with thread sealing slots to cover and base to
    protect against possible tampering by the voters.
     
    20.
    Apparatus
    as claimed in claim 1, including door connector box, moulded cover
    enclosing rear compartment to protect cascading connector and cable.
     
    21.
    Apparatus
    as defined in claim 1, including the signal integrity established
    between   Microcontroller, Data memory and ballot unit so that these
    three will work in unified manner.
     
    22.
    Apparatus as claimed
    in claim 1, including the construction of Battery pack in moulded case
    with polarised plug, which is unique and fool proof that different
    battery cannot be used along with Low battery indication means to
    facilitate replacement of battery at any stage of polling process and
    the process can be continued without any loss of voting data.
     
    23.
    Apparatus
    as claimed in claim 1, including the powering scheme of ballot units
    from the control unit, which gives a unique nature of signal integrity
    (Scanning process) for the machine, high current drivers used to drive
    the ballot unit to cater to the twentymeter distance between the polling
    officer and voting compartment and the slide switch setting in ballot
    unit makes it unique and cannot be interchanged during poll.
     
    24.
    Apparatus
    as claimed in claim 1, including the method MicroController (OTP) used
    to store the firmware, which cannot be changed or modified once fused,
    the non volatile data memory (EEPROM) is tightly coupled to the
    microcontroller through unique protocol to store the data during the
    voting process, and every time the microcontroller checks the check sum
    of the data memory (EEPROM) to establish link to proceed with the voting
    process, in case of mismatch the machine displays Er message, which
    eliminates the tampering the micro controller of EEPROM by replacement
    of external components.
     
    25.
    Apparatus as claimed in claim 1,
    including the scheme of data memory written in encrypted form and has
    been split into two banks and the ballot counting is stored in both
    banks, at every instance of a change in the data memory, the data is
    stored in two different ways and both are verified to check the
    correctness of the operation and the data can be decrypted only by the
    firmware in the micro controller, hence it is not possible to corrupt
    firmware of data by any known means.
     
    26.
    Apparatus as claimed
    defined in claim 1, including the implementation of effective  
    redundancy scheme with two independent nonvolatile memory devices
    (EEPROM) to store the data, effectively four banks are used to store
    data and at every operation all the four banks are checked and atleast
    two banks should contain the correct data as per the firmware’s
    expectations and if data are not found in atleast any of the two banks
    then a fatal error is declared and the whole unit is unusable at this
    state.
     
    27.
    Apparatus as defined in claim 1, including the
    printing of stored data memory through a printer interface module at any
    number of times in the life of the machine unless deliberately erased
    by operating the clear button. This emulates the manual ballot paper
    method as per the constitutional requirements.
     
    28.
    Apparatus
    as defined in claim 1, including the unidirectional operational sequence
    of Machine in which a) Contesting candidate setting cannot be changed
    unless the   result is seen once, b) Votes cannot be cast on the machine
    unless it is in the cleared condition (Previous voting data erased), c)
    Votes cannot be added to the machine once it is closed (by pressing the
    close button), d) Result cannot be seen unless the machine is closed,
    e) The machine cannot be cleared unless the result is seen at least once
    and the clearing operation requires the ballot unit inter connection,
    which eliminates accidental erasing.
     
    29.
    Apparatus as defined
    in claim 1 including the regulation of voting in which the machine
    accepts maximum of 5 votes per minute and this feature discourages
    rigging and both capturing.
    Description:
    This Invention relates to
    an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) PREAMBLE The prior art is known as
    manual ballot paper voting method in which every voter is provided with a
    ballot paper containing serial number, names of the contesting
    candidates, their election symbol and space to record votes. The
    recording of vote is done by putting’X mark using rubber stamp in the
    space provided against the candidate in the ballot paper. After
    recording vote, the voters deposit the ballot paper in a sealed metallic
    box (Ballot box). On completion of voting, the ballot papers are taken
    to the counting centers. The seals of ballot box is opened in the
    presence of candidates/agents and the votes are counted manually by
    identifying’X’stamp mark against the candidate. The candidate who
    secured highest number of votes is declared winner as per the
    constitution of India.
    The shortcomings of the prior art (manual ballot paper voting method) are 1. Involves printing of huge volume of ballot paper.

    2. Storage and distribution of ballot paper requires large manpower and security.

    3. Accounting and issue of ballot paper is a tedious work and error prone.

    4. Manual counting of votes requires large manpower, time and prone to human error.

    5. Re-counting is time consuming and costly.

    6. Segregation of invalid votes is cumbersome and leads to disputes lfights, among candidates.

    7. Manual voting is prone to mal-practices, booth capturing-not tamper proof.

    Due
    to the ever increasing population and frequency of elections, there is a
    definite need to bring out improvement over manual ballot paper voting
    method, which is 1. Fool proof, trouble free and cost effective.

    2. To conduct election, paper less and count the votes automatically, so that the result can be declared immediately.

    3. To eliminate the invalid votes so that the dispute of segregation of invalid votes eliminated.

    4.
    Reduce the overall election expenditure, to the government (The
    election expenditure is increasing due to the frequent elections).

    5.
    Reduce drastically the volume of Ballot paper printing from the current
    requirement of more then 70 million papers for manual voting for one
    general election (Papers less system) The Electronic Voting Machine
    (EVM) of the present invention is provided with all the \ above needed
    improvements over the manual ballot paper voting method which are
    explained in the succeeding paragraphs.

    Summary of the invention.

    The
    present invention relates to an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM)
    consisting of Control Unit (CU) and Ballot Unit (BU) for conduct of
    elections in place of conventional manual ballot paper voting method.
    The invention totally replaces the existing manual

    method by the
    use of apparatus constructed in accordance to the invention and
    operational requirements as per the constitution of India for fool
    proof, error free and cost saving way to conduct elections for electing
    members of state assembly, parliament and other municipal bodies based
    on majority voting scheme. The apparatus of the invention is convenient,
    simple to operate and portable. Another important feature of this
    machine is the facia construction of the control unit and ballot unit,
    which is as per the constitutional requirement of India. Use of this
    machine eliminates invalid voters, cumbersome procedure and disputes in
    segregation of invalid votes as in manual ballot voting scheme. By the
    use of EVM, the labour can be minimized at poling centers as well as
    counting centers. The feature of the machine are illustrated below.

    The
    Electronic voting machine of the present invention consists of two
    units, i. e. a balloting unit which the voter operates to exercise
    his/her franchise and a control unit which controls the polling process.
    It is operated by the Presiding Officer or the First Polling Officer.

    The
    Control Unit (CU) constructed in accordance with a invention is built
    around a Micro - Controller [One time Programmable (OTIR)]. The control
    unit is divided into four sections, i. e. a. display section, b.
    candidate set section, c. result section and d. ballot section. The said
    sections, are provided with seven control buttons namely cand. set,
    ballot, close, result I, result B, total and clear buttons. Light
    emitting diode (LED) indicates ON and BUSY condition of the machine. Six
    digits of seven segment LED is

    provided for the display of
    result and error messages. Operation of cand. set switch sets the number
    of contesting candidate in control unit. Ballot switch operation
    energizes the ballot unit, receives and records one vote in control
    unit. Close button operation ends the voting process, The machine
    records the total number of votes polled and votes against each
    contesting candidate during the polling. On the operation of Result
    switch, the vote recorded against every contesting candidate is
    displayed sequentially. Clear operation erases all previous voting data
    stored in the machine. Print of recorded voting data is obtained through
    a printer interface unit.

    The Ballot Unit (BU) constructed in
    accordance with the invention has sixteen (16) push button voting
    switches and indicator lamps. The voting buttons are provided in a
    recessed oblong cutout in the cover so that the buttons are deliberately
    pressed by the voters for recording of votes and not by accidental
    pressing. The top cover has a transparent cover for inserting ballot
    paper to display the names of contesting candidates, their serial number
    and election symbol. This cover can be sealed inside the panel by
    thread seal to protect the ballot paper against any tampering. Green LED
    lamp is provided for indicating the energized condition of the machine
    to the Voter. Five meter flat cable provides interconnection to the
    control unit to receive the signal. Slide Switch is used to indicate the
    ballot unit number, which is set depending on the number of contesting
    candidates. The rear compartment receives the interconnecting cable of
    the cascading ballot unit when the machine is used for more than sixteen
    contesting candidates.

    The machine is constructed using
    injection moulded plastic parts, which provides consistent quality, high
    volume output for mass production. Fastnerless assembly of plastic
    components used in the construction of machine to achieve consistent
    quality and cost effective product. The voting machine designed with
    injection moulded carrying cases for movement/transportation to any
    location for usage. The machine constructed to operate with 7.5V battery
    power source. It can be deployed in places where no electrical power is
    available. Machine construction with multilevel interlocking
    panels/section makes it fool proof, easy to use by common man.

    Other
    features and advantages of the machine will be apparent from the
    following description, the accompanying drawings and the appended
    claims.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS: Fig. 1 shows the
    perspective view of control unit to control the polling process, which
    is constructed in accordance with the invention.

    Fig. 2 is a fragmentary perspective view showing hinging arrangement of Door I & Door II to the Base of the control unit.

    Fig. 3 is a fragmentary perspective view of showing the rear door of the control unit.

    Fig 4 is a fragmentary perspective view of the control unit base showing the assembly of Printed Circuit Board (PCB).

    Fig
    5 is a perspective view of the control unit in fully assembled
    conditions showing four sections, of the control unit namely A) Display
    section B) candidate section, C) Result section D). Ballot section.

    Fig 6 is an exploded view of control unit showing parts constructed in accordance with the invention.

    Fig 7 shows view of switch knob and closing knob of Ballot Unit constructed in accordance with the invention.

    Fig 8 is a fragmentary perspective view illustrating the arrangements of hinge, flap right, cover LED red.

    Fig. 9 is a perspective view of Ballot unit, which is constructed in accordance with the invention.

    Fig. 10 is a perspective view of internal construction of ballot unit.

    Fig.
    ll is a fragmentary perspective view illustrating door connector box
    with cable clamp, lockingpin with flaps and rubber stand Fig. 12 is an
    exploded view of balloting unit constructed in accordance with the
    invention.

    Fig. 13. is a diagram of Auxiliary Control Unit (ACU) constructed in accordance with the invention.

    Fig. 14 is a schematic block diagram of Control Unit constructed in accordance with the invention.

    Fig. 15 is a schematic block diagram of Ballot Unit constructed in accordance with the invention.

    Fig. 16 is the connectivity scheme EVM for single poll mode.

    Fig. 17 is the connectivity scheme of EVM for dual poll mode.

    Fig. 18 is the state transition diagram of Electronic Voting Machine constructed in accordance with the inve