On February 25, Congress MP and former Union Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram deviated from Congress’s stance on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Instead, he reaffirmed his trust in the EVMs while speaking to reporters at Congress’s 85th Plenary Session in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
In an interview with ANI, he said, “As far as polling through EVMs is concerned, I know my party holds a different view on the subject. I can’t speak for the party. But it is my personal view, and as I have consistently maintained, I trust the EVMs. We have also won elections where votes were cast through EVMs.”
He continued, “In my personal opinion, the EVM is a robust machine. It’s a standalone machine. It doesn’t operate on a network. I completely believe in the efficacy and my trust in the EVM is complete.”
However, the Congress’s draft Political Resolution released at their 85th Plenary Session continued to question the efficacy of EVMs. The resolution stated, “More than 14 recognised political parties, several eminent activists, and computer scientists have raised concerns about the efficacy of EVMs with the Election Commission but have not received a response so far. Congress promises to restore the faith of every voter in the integrity of the electoral process. The Congress will build the widest possible consensus with all like-minded political parties to take up the issue with ECI, and if they do not respond, then go to Court.”