All Eyes on Dr. Subramanian Swamy for BJP 300+
When Mannu Makhania tweets Dr. Subramanian Swamy and Shri Narendra Modi, “Sirs, You take proper care of EVMs, Baki sab Desh ki Janata sambhal legi..#300+ Seats”, he reflects the core concern of the nation: a free and fair election.
Gauging from the current public mood, the Modi wave has only started building up. The BJP, with Shri Narendra Modi leading the charge, is expected to make a clean sweep of 2014 Lok Sabha elections, and come out as the single largest party by a huge margin. India Today (citing PTI) reports that “the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to emerge as the single largest party in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls with 217 seats while Congress will be reduced to about 73 seats, an opinion poll has predicted” or in other words, BJP will secure more than three times the Congress tally.
However, the ground swell is much stronger than that. The BJP is very likely to clean up more than 300 seats barring Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) manipulations. There is a strong underground buzz that the mainstream media has been directed to keep BJP numbers low in their opinion polls so that any future EVM manipulation will not raise any eyebrows.
Not everyone believes that EVM fraud has been rampant in past few elections, or that it even exists. “If it were so, why did Congress not win a clear majority in the last elections?”, asks the Chief Editor of a leading national daily. Wise words, but then not everything can be controlled. One example is the now “infamous” case of P. Chidambaram, the current Finance Minister of India, who is widely believed to have lost the last election and then pressurised the returning officer to declare him elected. Why would he not just fix the EV machine then? Good question, but maybe PC was over-confident, or maybe the grass-root manipulators were against him. Only time will tell. But despite the skeptics, there have been credible reports that some people could even predict the exact number of votes by which the candidate would win, in advance!
When every one was getting despondent, Dr. Subramanian Swamy arrived at the scene. Dr. Swamy, the eternal satyagrahi for the just cause (NOT “jihadist’ or “crusader”, mind you). He had already foreseen the possible “slip between the cup and the lip” in 2014 elections. Pre-empting the powers that be, he moved the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India to make the EVM process more robust and verifiable.
Convinced by Dr. Subramanian Swamy’s arguments, in a landmark judgement Hon’ble Supreme Court of India observed on October 8, 2013, “From the materials placed by both the sides, we are satisfied that the “paper trail” is an indispensable requirement of free and fair elections. The confidence of the voters in the EVMs can be achieved only with the introduction of the “paper trail”. EVMs with VVPAT system ensure the accuracy of the voting system. With an intent to have fullest transparency in the system and to restore the confidence of the voters, it is necessary to set up EVMs with VVPAT system because vote is nothing but an act of expression which has immense importance in democratic system” and directed the Election Commission of India to ensure that there is a proper “paper trail” of the votes cast. In the judgement, Hon’ble Supreme Court of India placed on record their “appreciation for the efforts made by Dr. Subramanian Swamy”.
Now all eyes are on Dr. Subramanian Swamy. If he is able to “ensure” free and fair elections ( actually the prime responsibility of The Election Commission of India), everyone “knows” that BJP will decisively secure more than 300 seats, bringing down the curtain on the most corrupt government in the history of independent India. “Have no cause for worry. We will be monitoring it all very closely. However, for obvious reasons, I cannot reveal the mechanisms we have in place”, says a smiling Dr. Swamy, when asked about it in a recent meeting.