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Congress: Opt for paper ballots; with current rate it will take 150 years to get all VVPATs

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New Delhi, April 17: The Congress Party on Monday addressed a press conference highlighting the issue of EVM tampering and suggested the use of Paper ballots for the upcoming elections.

Dr Abhishek Singhvi, the spokesperson for Congress started his address with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remark. Singhvi said, “PM says that there are many fabricated issues and one among them is the EVM issue.”

Highlighting that the issue is long being accepted by the court, Singhvi said Judiciary gave a final decision on the matter in 2013 and since 8th Oct, 2013 then it is not being addressed due to lack of political willingness.

Singhvi read the court’s order, “From material placed with both sides, we are satisfied that paper trail is an indispensable requirement of free & fair elections. Confidence of voters in EVMs can be put only with introduction of paper trail EVM with VVPAT. It ensures accuracy of voting system. With the intent of having fullest transparency in the system & to restore confidence of voters it is necessary to set up EVMs with VVPAT.”

He further said 30 months have passed and there are only 58,000 machines with VVPAT in the country as against 16 lakh EVMs.

Read More: EC sends SoS call to Law Minister: Time running out to buy VVPAT for 20019 elections

In Uttar Pradesh, he added, only for 20 constituencies we had VVPAT.

Singhvi highlighted that EC has asked for Rs 3000 crore if the government wants VVPAT for 2019 Elections. Taking a jibe at the Modi government, he said, “At the current rate, it’ll take nearly 150 yrs to have VVPAT in all constituencies in India.”

To this practical issue, Singhvi suggested the use of paper ballot for assembly elections due in 2019. He said, “If the SC says that paper trail is important, then till there is VVPAT in EVMs, should we not go back to a paper ballot?.”

He also pointed out that only one nation apart from India continues to use EVMs.

Read More: SC issues notice to EC, Centre for implementaion of VVPAT

Read More: Opposition raises EVM tampering with EC seeks use of paper ballots 

He reported that in Gujarat 2010, a returning officer from Vadodara had confirmed that there was manipulation in the voting machines. In Pune, a man claimed that his vote was not registered, when he voted for himself added Dr Singhvi

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Saffron should not spread all over tricolour: Kamal Haasan

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Chennai, Feb 22: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan has said that saffron has its place in the national flag but it should not spread all over it, in a remark interpreted as an attack on the BJP and Hindutva forces.

“Even the Indian national flag has saffron. But it (the colour) should not spread all over the flag is what I am saying,” said Kamal, President of newly-formed political party Makkal Needhi Maiam.

In his latest column in a Tamil weekly magazine Ananda Vikatan, Kamal said he has not insulted the saffron band on the tricolour — which signifies courage and sacrifice.

Citing national leaders who fought for freedom, he said they had differed with each other but stood united to fight for the same goal, adding that this lesson should not be lost.

He said for the success of Indian democracy, one cannot forget the contributions of B.R. Ambedkar and Alladi Krishnaswamy Iyer in drafting our Constitution.

On the core political philosophy, Kamal said he does not want to be tied down to the narrow confines of any single ‘ism’.

“All ‘isms’ are for social reform. And it cannot be said all have succeeded. It cannot be agreed that a book written in some corner of the world will suit the whole world,” Kamal said.

According to him, one cannot equate Socrates’ Democracy with that of (US President Donald) Trump’s democracy as both are “different creatures”.

Kamal also said he met fellow actor Rajinikanth secretly near here — at the latter’s “Kaala” movie shoot — and told him about his plans to float the party.

Kamal said both agreed to maintain dignity in their political career and not indulge in the usual acrimonial politics.

On meeting DMK President M. Karunanidhi, Kamal said the veteran leader is his Tamil Guru and “he wished me good in my political journey with a smile”.

Kamal who also met DMDK leader A. Vijayakant, another Tamil movie hero turned politician, said he has not changed and continues to be the same old ‘Viji’.

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Chief Secretary row: AAP’s Amanatullah Khan, Prakash Jarwal sent to judicial custody for 14 days

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New Delhi, Feb 22: AAP MLA’s Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal have been sent to judicial custody for 14 days in connection with an alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.

On Wednesday, they were sent to judicial custody for a day after they were produced before Delhi’s Tis Hazari court.

Delhi police held AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan in Delhi Chief Secretary alleged assault case after he surrendered dramatically in Jamia Nagar Police station. While surrendering the MLA said, I have not done anything wrong.’

Whereas the police arrested the another MLA Prakash Jarwal on Tuesday evening on the accusations that he along with Aam Aadmi Party MLA Amanatullah Khan and his colleague in front of Kejriwal at the Chief Minister’s residence assaulted Chief Secretary of Delhi Anshu Prakash on Monday midnight, where he was called for a meeting.

The police today also questioned V.K. Jain, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s advisor in connection with an alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by two AAP MLAs.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Harendra Kumar Singh told IANS that Jain was being questioned at the Civil Lines Police Station.

The Chief Minister’s advisor was present at the time of the incident, according to Prakash’s police complaint.

The Additional DCP said police were also trying to track down Khan. They had been to Khan’s residence to detain him on Tuesday night, but the AAP MLA from Okhla was not present.

The allegation of the assault triggered a political storm in the national capital a day ago with the BJP demanding Kejriwal’s resignation and the Congress asking for the AAP chief’s apology.

The AAP hit back by stating that the Chief Secretary was making false allegations and said he was working at the “behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)”.

The Home Ministry sought a report from Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on the issue and Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he was “deeply pained” by the development.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday afternoon, Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain was manhandled by a crowd which gathered outside the door of a lift inside the Delhi Secretariat. Hussain’s Assistant Personal Secretary was beaten up, according to multiple video clips from the Secretariat.

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Owaisi hits out at Army chief, says Not your work to comment on political parties

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New Delhi, Feb 22: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday hit out at General Bipin Rawat for talking about the rise of Maulana Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front) in Assam, saying that the Army chief should not interfere in political matters as it was not his work to comment on the rise of a political party.

Taking to Twitter, Owaisi stated the army chief should not interfere in political matters it is not his work to comment on the rise of a political party, democracy, and constitution also doesn’t allow it.

He further said, the army will always work under an elected civilian leadership.

While addressing a seminar on North-East organised at DRDO Bhawan on February 21, Army Chief had said AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front) have grown in a faster time-frame than the BJP grew over the years. When we talk of Jan Sangh with two MPs & where they have reached, AIUDF is moving at a faster pace in the state of Assam.

Hours after a controversy broke out, the Army came up with a justification saying “there is nothing political or religious in the talk. Army Chief just mentioned amalgamation and development in the seminar.

The AIUDF was formed in 2005 with an aim to champion the cause of Muslim community. At present, it has three parliamentarians in Lok Sabha and 13 legislators in the state assembly.

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