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EVM Hackathon: Was Invited By Indian Journalists Association London President, Ashish Ray, Says Sibal

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| January 22 , 2019 , 17:52 IST

Congress Union Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday responded to BJP’s allegation that he was present at the London EVM hackathon event to monitor it for his party by claiming that the invitation for the event at London was sent to all political parties and was not just restricted to Congress.

He said, “Indian Journalists Association London President Ashish Ray told me he has sent invitations to all political parties including BJP and also Election Commission. He (Ashish Ray) sent me a personal e-mail also. I told him that I will be in London for some personal work and he insisted that I should come as they are going to make an important revelation. So I went.”

He further said, "These are serious issues. I would request the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh to lodge an FIR and carry out a proper investigation."

Earlier today Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launched an attack on the Congress, alleging that the event, on Monday, was sponsored by the party. He also raised questions about the presence of senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Kapil Sibal at the event.

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Addressing the media Prasad said, “What was Kapil Sibal doing there. The BJP would like to ask that question. In what capacity was Kapil Sibal there? Sibal was there to monitor the event for the Congress. He keeps doing such things.”

In a press conference in London on Monday, 21 January, a self-proclaimed Indian cyber expert claimed electronic voting machines (EVMs) can be hacked and the 2014 parliamentary election was "rigged", and demanded an investigation into the allegations.

The man, identified as Syed Shuja, said he fled India in 2014 because he felt threatened in the country after the killing of some of his team members.