After crashing to defeat in the civic polls to the BJP in the national capital, AAP said on Wednesday blamed it on tampering with the voting machines and claimed it was an "EVM wave."
Crying foul, many AAP leaders openly accused the BJP of winning the elections through rigging of electronic voting machines. Here's what they said:
AAP leader Gopal Rai
"This isnt a Modi wave, this is an EVM wave. The same happened in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. It is a major threat against democracy. The rights of the electorate will have to be ensured. The BJP wants to demolish democracy," AAP leader Gopal Rai told reporters after the results were announced.
Deputy Chief minister Manish Sisodia
EVM "manipulation" is the "bitter truth" behind the crushing blow to the AAP in the municipal polls, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.
He claimed there was an "EVM wave" across the national capital.
ईवीएम टेम्परिंग देश के लोकतंत्र की ऐसी कड़वी सच्चाई है जिसका शुरू में मज़ाक उड़ सकता है। लेकिन मज़ाक के डर से हम सच बोलना नहीं छोड़ सकते।3/3— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) April 26, 2017
Sisodia, in a series of tweets, said that the BJP had researched on EVMs for five years after losing the 2009 elections.
AAP leader Ashutosh
Ashutosh also blamed the tampering of EVMs for the party's defeat.
"Why would a voter choose BJP... there's not a single achievement that the BJP can point out while it ruled the MCD. No matter which button one presses, the vote goes in BJP's favour," Ashutosh alleged.
Senior adviser to the AAP government, Nagendar Sharma
Singing the same tune, Nagendar Sharma tweeted,
Sweeping Delhi MCD polls without sweeping Delhi's streets for a decade. When machines are with you human will is of no relevance.— Nagendar Sharma (@sharmanagendar) April 26, 2017
AAP member Krishan Partap Singh
The leader blamed the voters of voting for the wrong party.
Well, Delhi voters, you voted for dengue, filthy streets, & incompetence in your MCDs. Don't blame AAP for what you get next. Blame Modi.— Krishan Partap Singh (@RaisinaSeries) April 26, 2017
(With PTI inputs)