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



Abhishek Manu Singhvi

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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New US Visa Rules, huge setback for India: Rahul



New Delhi, April 26: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday termed the proposed US visa rules as a “huge setback” for India.

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress leader said “some things a hug can buy”, but for visas “you’re on your own”.

Gandhi tweeted, “New US Visa Rules, a huge setback for India…as Foreign Policy by Modi, Foreword by Trump”

His remarks come amid Donald Trump’s government plan to propose to end giving work permits to the spouses of H1-B visa holders to work in America, a decision that could have a devastating impact on scores of Indians.

Besides this, global entrepreneurs will not be able to apply for parole to nurture their startups for a certain period.

According to the reports, both of these Obama-era policies will be revoked in a bid to clinch the objectives of ‘Buy American, Hire Amercian’.


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PILs filed in Judge Loya case were politically motivated: Sibal



New Delhi, April 26: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday said the PILs filed in Judge Loya case were politically-motivated.

Addressing a press conference, the former Union Minister stated ” After the investigation of Judge Loya case, there were several PILs lodged. But by the recent SC judgement, PILs have been considered to be politically-motivated”.

Sibal claimed that a PIL was filed in Nagpur bench by Suraj Lolage, who is an RSS ideologue, on 27 November 2017. Lolage had contested for a BJP ticket in Municipal elections.

“After the press conference in AICC on 30 Jan 2018, a phone conversation between Suraj Lolage and Satish Uke’s brother revealed that Lolage’s petition intended to elevate Judge Loya case to the apex court, where independent probe was rejected”, he added.

The Congress leader further stated that “What does this show? Clearly, Bhaiyyaji Joshi and the RSS were very keen that this matter be heard in the Supreme Court as quickly as possible because they are the ones who initiated the PIL.

Sibal cited two possibilities either RSS’s Bhaiyyaji Joshi wanted that an enquiry into Judge Loya’s death be conducted or wanted an outcome which ensures that the matter is closed without an enquiry.


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Kamal Nath named MP Congress chief, Scindia as campaign chief



Kamalnath and Scindia, Photo Credit: indiasamvad

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The Congress on Thursday appointed former Union minister Kamal Nath as President of its state unit in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh.

Party MP Jyotiraditya Scindia has been appointed Chairman of the Campaign Committee. Kamal Nath, a MP from Chhindwara, has replaced Arun Yadav as the state Congress chief.

Besides Kamal Nath, the party also appointed four Working Presidents – Bala Bachhan, Ramnivas Rawat, Jitu Patwari and Surender Choudhary.

The appointments were made by Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, which the BJP has ruled for 15 years, will be held later this year.


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