The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) confidently said on 9 May that it needed just three days to hack all Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) across Delhi.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia said no government in power other than the AAP has shown the courage to question the authenticity of EVMs.
"We can hack EVMs across Delhi in three days," Sisodia boisterously said during a special session of the Delhi Assembly.
"The base of our democracy is the electoral process. I wish we were wrong on this tampering issue. This is not your machine versus my machine, but the concern is that the democracy is in danger today. We, even in power, raised this issue, because it is not about three or five years, but about democracy," he further said.
Sisodia praised AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj's exposure, which he did by conducting a mock poll and exhibiting how rigging can take place.
"Saurabh Bharadwaj's exposure today has laid down the brick of a very strong foundation of India's democracy. The coming generations will remember this," he said.
Responding to the Election Commission's dismissal of the EVMs being tampered with, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the former should provide their own EVMs.
"I would ask the EC to give us their EVMs, if it is not tampered. We can change the motherboard in 90 seconds," he said.
Soon after a demonstration of the EVM tampering was conducted by Saurabh Bharadwaj during the special day-long session of the Delhi Assembly today, Kejriwal alleged tampering of EVMs poses a real 'threat' to the country.
"Saurabh is a computer engineer who has worked with chips in the past, and today, he has shown how easily the EVM can be rigged. This is a serious threat to democracy. Citizens in unison should raise their voices against this," he added, while defending Bharadwaj.
Criticising the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) the AAP earlier today gave a full demonstration on how EVMs can be rigged.
Conducting a mock poll on an EVM machine, Bharadwaj demonstrated how despite giving two votes each to various parties; the final count showed that votes of some parties had been transferred to one party.
He said this was possible with a secret code that is assigned to every constituency. Bharadwaj claimed that before voting begins, election officials show that everything is done fairly, but after 10 a.m., they activate a code, which ensures that all votes go to a particular candidate.
"All it takes to rig an EVM is to change the motherboard. All it takes is 90 seconds. It's outrageous," Bharadwaj said, explaining that a "manipulator" enters the polling booth early into voting and enters a unique secret code that ensures that all voters polled thereafter go to a selected candidate.
Meanwhile, the EC while defending their stance on the matter said the AAP demonstrated in the Delhi Assembly on a prototype EVM and not on the EC's EVM, sources said