Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that elections can be rigged through social media and social media companies can make any party win elections if they want. Without naming any party, he also said that communal violence is being promoted as a strategic weapon by an ideology and its leaders to create disharmony in the society.
EVM is safe
Gandhi made the remarks during an interaction with members of civil society organizations led by activists Medha Patkar and GG Parikh during his ‘Bharat Jodo’ tour here. The Congress MP said, “Even though EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) are secure, Indian elections can be rigged through social media. Big social media companies can make any party win elections if they want. There is systematic bias being implemented and my social media handles are a living example of it.
VVPAT matching is very important
A Congress statement said that during the meeting the delegates raised relevant issues such as political democracy and communal harmony. Regarding political democracy, Patkar said it is not limited to doubts about EVMs, but also means that matching with VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) is extremely important. Patkar talked about the drafting of the manifesto of all the parties and the participation of citizens in the formulation. He said that legal reforms should be made regarding making the manifesto binding on all political parties.
Emphasis on reforming these laws
Mentioning the relevance of strengthening Gram Sabhas and local bodies, Patkar said that it was envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi. He also stressed on reforms in laws such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) and labor laws for the benefit of farmers. Human rights activist Irfan Engineer raised the issues of communal disharmony, polarisation. Gandhi responded by saying, “Communal violence is being promoted as a strategic weapon by an ideology and its leaders to create disharmony in the society.” Will stay and leave for Buldhana on Thursday.
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