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People have lost faith in democracy in India.

A new batch of the much-touted tamper-proof EVMs launched right under the nose of the Narendra Modi government seems to come with the following options for voters to choose from:

1) BJP

2) BJP

3) BJP

Well, if vikas has not gone crazy, the EVMs used by the Election Commission in the oUttar Pradesh civic polls certainly seem to have.

Several voters were left flummoxed  when the votes they cast started going into the BJP's kitty irrespective of which party they voted for in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut district during the municipal elections.

BJP's detractors at Meerut's ward number 89 complained that the machines have been tampered with.

But haven't they already been told that it is impossible to tamper with EVMs? Are they trying to take India back by a few decades after having graduated from the ballot paper system?

The story about BSP votes going to BJP gained traction with the emergence of a video showing a voter trying unsuccessfully to cast his vote for the candidate of his choice. Tasleem Ahmad claimed that his vote, cast "for haathi (elephant), was going to kamal (lotus)".

Germany did end electronic voting with "closed" EVMs in 2009 after voters challenged it in the German Federal Constitutional Court (German equivalent of the Supreme Court), but then we aren't Germans. Yes, Japan experimented with the system, but did away with it without ever using it in any election. But then we aren't Japanese either. We are Indians and we believe in the Election Commission.