New Delhi, April 10: The Congress on Monday invited other like-minded Opposition parties so as to form a common pool to face growing polarization and dangerous saffron agenda being run by BJP.
The agenda of the meeting primarily included many “common concerns” such as growing complaints about the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
As per the report, the opposition parties would suggest the poll panel to use 50 percent VVPAT and 50 percent paper ballots for polls. Opposition and EC were scheduled to meet today in the evening.
The group of like-minded parties may further reach the President too for demanding the immediate implementation of voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT), reported ET.
The opposition is mulling over to start joint protests in Parliament a and outside “Centre’s refusal” to provide funds to the Election Commission for launching VVPAT across India which was directed by the Supreme Court earlier.
Senior leaders including Congress VP Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, P Chidambaram and Mallikarjuna Kharge attended the meeting. They discussed how broad-basing Opposition unity on common issues is needed to unitedly fight anti-democratic methods which BJP has recoursed to after registering a huge victory in UP and other states.
Leaders of SP, BSP, Trinamool Congress, RJD, JD(U), CPM, CPI, DMK, AIADMK, IUML, KC(M), JMM are among the invitees.
Another cause of concern was rising sectarian agenda of BJP- RSS post-Assembly polls, such as cow vigilante and anti romeo squads.
Other issues included Modi government’s inclination towards undoing institutions such as Lokpal and the recent attempts to “by-pass Rajya Sabha by indulging in trickery like introducing important Bills by wrongly classifying them as Money Bills,” its attempts to undo independent institutions such as OBC commission, dilute RTI Act and many more.