BJP Came to Power in 2014 Because Polls Were Rigged, Claims Cyber Expert Syed Shuja

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A still from the Press briefing in London. — Youtube

LONDON/NEW DELHI (PTI) — A self-proclaimed US-based Indian cyber expert Monday made a sensational claim that the 2014 Lok Sabha (lower house in Indian parliament) elections was “rigged” through the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), which, he said, can be hacked, a charge rejected by the Election Commission of India.

Addressing a
press conference in London via Skype, the man, identified as Syed Shuja, said
he fled India in 2014 because he felt threatened in the country after the
killing of some of his team members. Although he appeared on screen through
Skype, his face was masked.

Shuja, who
said he is seeking political asylum in the US, claimed the telecom giant
Reliance Jio helped the BJP to get low frequency signals to hack the EVMs. He
provided no proof to back up his claim.

However, Jio
was not in operation in 2014 and had launched its services in September 2016.

Shuja, who
created a flutter, also alleged that other than the BJP, the SP, BSP, AAP and
Congress too are involved in rigging of the EVMs. There was no immediate
reaction from any of these parties.

He was presented at the press conference held under the aegis of the Indian Journalists’ Association (Europe).

He said the
BJP would have won the recent Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh
Assembly elections if his team hadn’t intercepted the alleged attempts by the
saffron party to hack the “transmissions” in these states.

Rejecting
the outlandish and explosive claims, made in a cloak and dagger manner, the
Election Commission of India (ECI) asserted that it firmly stands by the
‘foolproof nature’ of its machines even as it said it is examining as to what
legal action “can and should” be taken in the matter.

In a
statement released in New Delhi, the poll panel said whereas it is “wary
of becoming a party to this motivated slugfest”, it firmly stands by the
“empirical facts about foolproof nature of ECI EVMs” used in
elections in India.

The ECI
reiterated that the EVMs used by it are manufactured by Bharat Electronics
Limited (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), both
state-owned, under “very strict” supervisory and security conditions.

It said
there are rigorous standard operating procedures “meticulously
observed” at all stages under the supervision of a committee of technical
experts constituted in 2010.

Several
political parties in the past have alleged that the EVMs are prone to tampering
and demanded reintroduction of the ballot papers.

Soon after
Shuja’s press meet in London, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said
the opposition will take up with the Election Commission the claims made by
Shuja.

“Our
great democracy must be protected. Every vote of yours is precious. All
opposition parties discussed the #EVM issue after the #UnitedIndiaAtBrigade
rally. We are working closely together and decided on Jan 19 itself to
consistently take up the matter with EC. Yes, every vote counts,” she
tweeted.

Speaking at
the event in London, Shuja claimed he worked for the ECIL from 2009-2014.

Shuja said
he was part of a team which designed the EVMs used in the 2014 elections. He
said that he and his team were instructed by the ECIL to find out if EVMs could
be hacked, and find out how to do this.

“The
2014 general elections were rigged,” he claimed. The BJP-led NDA came to
power ousting the Congress-led UPA in 2014.

Shuja also
alleged that the Lok Sabha election results in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya
Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Delhi in 2014 were rigged.

The
self-styled cyber expert alleged that the EVMs were hacked by the BJP using a
modulator, which transmits military-grade frequency. There was no immediate
reaction from the BJP.

He also
claimed that BJP leader and union minister Gopinath Munde was
“killed” because he was aware of EVM hacking in 2014 general
elections.

Munde died
in a road accident in New Delhi weeks after the BJP won the 2014 elections in
May.

Shuja also
claimed the NIA officer investigating Munde’s death, Tanzil Ahmed, was planning
to file an FIR noting he had been murdered, but was himself killed.

“In
Delhi state elections in 2015, we managed to intercept the transmission, resulting
in the AAP winning 67 out of 70 seats. Otherwise the BJP would have
swept,” he claimed.

Shuja said
some of his team members were killed and he was also allegedly attacked but
survived.

He said he
met a prominent Indian journalist and told him the whole story about the
alleged EVM rigging.

The Election Commission and
political parties were invited to be at the press meet but only Congress leader
Kapil Sibal attended the event, he added.

1 COMMENT

  1. Syed Shuja , whether he is a cyber expert or not but one thing is for certain that he has a dirty mind of that kind , The whole world had witnessed in Osama Bin Laden or Dr Zhaviri.. Even an educated Muslim works for an agenda i.e. Islamic Imperialism.. Shuja is hand in gloves with Congress who works ISI of Pakistan and want to destroy India.. Rahul Gandhi and his party men are Now being helped by another terrorist called Syed Shuja ..who like any other Muslim , finds an opportunity to destroy Indian democracy and is being helped by corrupt and anti National Congress and its leaders…

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