A video which claims that BJP leader Subramanian Swamy questioned the authenticity of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) after the recent Gujarat election results 2022 is being shared on social media.The viral video describes this as Swamy exposing the alleged EVM fraud in the recent Gujarat elections. The post’s description in Hindi translates to ‘ Modi is trapped badly in Gujarat EVM fraud, BJPians themselves exposed the whole secret of vote theft.’ Let’s verify this claim through this article.
Claim: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy exposes the Gujarat election EVM fraud 2022; He doubts the authenticity of EVMs.
Fact: The clip of Subramanian Swamy’s speech featured in the viral post is from an old video. This speech has been available on YouTube since April 2012. In the address, he doubts the EVMs’ authenticity. , Hence the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.
Using relevant keywords, we searched on the internet for the speech of Subramanian Swami on EVMs. This led us to a video from 2012 titled ‘Dr Subramanian Swamy exposes fault in Electronic Voting Machine.’ It is available on YouTube channel, Dr Subramanian Swamy, which has around 116,000 subscribers. The full video can be watched here.
In the speech, he says that India uses Japanese EVMs but ironically Japan conducts its elections via ballot paper. He then goes on to speak about the suggestion he gave to the High Court, which is to provide the voter with a receipt in which the name of the person the voter has cast their vote should be printed. This video is being wrongly shared as him exposing the alleged EVM fraud of the BJP during the recent Gujarat elections 2022. Subramanian Swamy has raised doubts & questions regarding the authenticity of EVMs even in the past (here, here and here).
To sum up, a ten-year-old speech of Subramanian Swamy is shared as his remarks on EVMs after the recent Gujarat Elections 2022.