New Delhi. The BJP Tuesday dubbed allegations of rigging in the 2014 polls, made at a London press conference, a “Congress-sponsored conspiracy” designed to “defame” Indian democracy and its Election Commission.
A day after a cyber expert alleged at the press event that the BJP had won election by hacking into Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the ruling party launched a stinging attack on the Congress and said it has already started looking for an “alibi” for its certain loss in the coming Lok Sabha polls.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters that the Indian Journalists’ Association, which had organised the conference, is headed by Ashis Ray who, he claimed, is a “committed Congressman” and has been singing paeans in support of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. There has been no reaction from Ray to the BJP’s comments so far.
Targeting the Congress, Prasad questioned the presence of its leader Kapil Sibal at the event.
“What was Sibal doing there? In what capacity was he present? My charge is that he was there to monitor the event for the Congress. It was a Congress-sponsored conspiracy designed to defame Indian democracy and its Election Commission,” Prasad said, also calling it a Congress-scripted exercise.
Ridiculing the London event as a circus and political stunt, the BJP leader said he had never heard of Syed Shuja, who claimed to be a cyber expert and made the outlandish and explosive allegations at the press conference, even though he, as Union IT minister, keeps in touch with experts and developments in the field.
He also expressed his party’s “deep pain” at the allegation in the London event that Union minister Gopinath Munde was “murdered” in because he was aware of the 2014 poll “rigging” and was set to disclose it. He dismissed it as rubbish.
Name of a deceased person was used as he could no longer respond, Prasad said, adding that an AIIMS doctor, who was involved in Munde’s postmortem, had Monday stated that the reason of his death was neck injury suffered in the accident.