Why did Congress MLA blacken his face in MP?

This happened in the presence of senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who recently reignited the debate surrounding EVMs .

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In a symbolic protest, Congress MLA Phool Singh Baraiya smeared black ink on a poster showcasing Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) outside the Raj Bhavan in Bhopal on Thursday. This happened in the presence of senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who recently reignited the debate surrounding EVMs with his statement that has been opposing them since 2003.

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The blackening of the EVM poster came after Baraiya's earlier declaration that he would blacken his face if the BJP won over 50 seats in the recent Madhya Pradesh assembly elections. True to his word, Baraiya smeared black ink on his face alongside the EVM poster, further emphasizing his disapproval of the BJP's victory.

Why does Digvijaya Singh criticises EVMs?

Digvijaya Singh, a vocal critic of EVMs, has been at the forefront of questioning their reliability and security. His recent statement, made days after the Congress's defeat in the Madhya Pradesh elections, reignited the debate surrounding EVMs and their potential for manipulation.

Singh wrote in a post on microblogging platform X, "Any Machine with a Chip can be hacked. I have opposed voting by EVM since 2003. Can we allow our Indian Democracy to be controlled by Professional Hackers! This is the Fundamental Question which all Political Parties have to address to. Hon ECI and Hon Supreme Court would you please defend our Indian Democracy?"

EVMs are not safe for democracy, says Ravi Nair 

He further mentioned a thread by journalist Ravi Nair, which elaborated on the vulnerabilities of EVMs and their potential threat to democracy.

Ravi Nair posted on his X account, "VVPAT is not a safeguard as long as every slip is not counted. Many people believe Mass tampering of EVMs is not possible. No need. 3 to 3.5% of the tampered EVMs will alter the results drastically. Whichever political party wins elections, EVMs are not safe for democracy."

Singh's post also included the cover of a book by BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao, questioning the credibility of EVMs. 

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