Pranab Mukherjee breaks silence on EVM tampering rumours
Former President of India and Bharat Ratna recipient Pranab Mukherjee has issued a statement on the rumours that EVMs have been tampered with in this elections. In his statement, the former Congressman said that the ball is in the EC's court to ensure that all doubts over EVMs are removed.
"I am concerned at reports of alleged tampering of voters' verdict. The safety and security of EVMs, which are in the custody of the Election Commission, is the responsibility of the Commission. There can be no room for speculations that challenge the very basis of democracy. People's mandate is sacrosanct and has to be above any iota of reasonable doubt. A firm believer in our institutions, it is my considered opinion that it is the 'workmen' who decide how the institutional 'tools' perform. The onus of ensuring institutional integrity in this case lies with the EC. They must do so and put all speculations to rest," he said.
It seems Pranab is indeed the consensus candidate of Congress and regional parties if NDA fails to form the government after May 23.