One of the organisers of a London event where an Indian-born man claiming to be a cyber expert on Monday sought to demonstrate how electronic voting machines can be hacked distanced itself from the event the next day.
In a press conference in London, Syed Shuja, a US-based cyber expert who claims to be a part of the team that designed Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) used in India, said that 2014 general election was "rigged" through the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) that resulted in the landslide victory of the BJP.
Shuja said some of his team members were killed and he was also allegedly attacked but survived. While the Congress has demanded probe into these allegations, the BJP has dubbed them a "Congress-sponsored conspiracy" created to "defame" Indian democracy and its Election Commission.
"It was a Congress-sponsored conspiracy created to defame Indian democracy and its Election Commission", Prasad said.
Whilst making several allegations, Shuja also alleged that BJP minister Gopinath Munde and veteran journalist Gauri Lankesh had threatened to expose the EVM hacking racket and were, as a outcome, silenced.
Naidu, the president of the Telugu Desam Party, said the EVMs were turning out to be a "big threat" to democracy and advised his party rank and file to be alert in view of the claims by "hackers".
EC said it has been conducting Lok Sabha and assembly polls using EVMs for long and the Supreme Court and various high courts have endorsed the use of the machines through their judgments.More news: Brexit uncertainty and China slowdown to weigh on Australian markets
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Shuja, who created a flutter, also alleged that other than the BJP, the SP, BSP, AAP and Congress, too, are involved in the rigging of the EVMs. "Gopinath Munde was murdered as he knew about the hacking in EVMs", he said in an interaction through tele-conferencing from the US.
He claimed they stopped the transmission during Delhi assembly elections in 2015 and Aam Aadmi Party emerged as victor.
The BJP had won 282 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha in the 2014 elections, the first time that a single party had secured a majority since 1984.
"EC has been wary of becoming a party to this motivated slugfest and stands by empirical facts about the fool-proof nature of ECI EVMs", the commission said. "In Delhi Assembly elections, transmission initiated by the BJP IT was intercepted".
The Shuja also alleged that the EVMs were hacked by the BJP using a modulator which transmits military-grade frequency.
Says Shekhar Gupta, condemning the irresponsible press meet, "This EVM presser isn't just underwhelming, it is insulting to anybody not smoking illegal stuff".
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Tuesday demanded a probe into the charges made by a self-proclaimed US-based cyber expert, terming them as "very serious" as they concern the survival of democracy in India.