Congress Alleges Connection Between Rs 20,000 Crore GSPC Scam And EVMs

| December 14 , 2017 , 13:49 IST

Amidst the high-stakes elections in Gujarat, where the Congress has been aggressively campaigning in an attempt to return after a gap of 22 years, the party has found a link between the GSPC scams and EVMs.

The Rs 20,000 crore Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Limited (GSPC) scam that took place while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat and the frequent allegations of EVM tampering to benefit PM Modi's BJP party have been found to have a connection.

While several Opposition parties, including Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have alleged tampering with the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in favour of the BJP, the reports have been rejected.

The biggest beneficiary in the GSPC scam, the Geo Global Resources Inc, was named as the technical partner of GSPC and offered a 10 percent stake.  Geo Global Resources Inc headquartered in Canada, is a subsidiary of US-based financial group Key Capital Corp. Meanwhile, Microchip Inc is one of the manufacturers of the micro-controllers used in EVMs.

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According to reports, the ownership patterns of Key Corp and Microchip show an astonishing similarity between the owners of both the companies, which suggests that there may be a possibility that multi-national financial institutions could exercise a direct control on the domestic voting processes in India. A report cited by the Congress suggests that the chief beneficiaries of the Rs 20,000 crore GSPC may actually be the owners of the company manufacturing the microchips used in EVMs.

Congress quoted the report as saying that the Election Commission has “outsourced the procurement of the MCU or microchip to foreign vendors namely Renesas Japan and Microchip Inc, USA since no company in India had the sophisticated technology to produce microchips or MCU. However, for some reasons best known only to the EC, they also outsourced the task to write the source code on the microchip to these foreign vendors.”

The fact that source code is written by foreign vendors is a matter of concern, as that would indicate that overseas companies can influence the EVMs and the voting results in India.