Opposition seeks ban on EVMs for Maharashtra polls | WeForNews | Latest News, Blogs Opposition seeks ban on EVMs for Maharashtra polls – WeForNews | Latest News, Blogs
Connect with us

Election

Opposition seeks ban on EVMs for Maharashtra polls

Published

on

EVM

Mumbai, Aug 2 ) All Maharashtra Opposition parties on Friday unanimously demanded a ban on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and a return to the ballot paper voting for the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections.

Addressing a joint press conference here top leaders of the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and other smaller parties alleged that there were many discrepancies in the EVMs in the last Lok Sabha elections which have raised serious doubts in the minds of the people.

In the interest of bringing in transparency to the peoples’ mandate, it was imperative to bring back the ballot paper system of voting, the leaders added.

However, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is on a state-wide ‘Mahajanadesh Yatra’, hit out at the Opposition parties for their demand and asked them to “introspect” instead of attacking EVMs.

The Opposition parties also announced a massive peoples’ procession on August 21 in support of their demand to the Election Commission of India (ECI).

Congress state President Balasaheb Thorat said the results of the last Lok Sabha elections were shocking and the anti-EVM agitation was to bring back honesty and transparency in the electoral process.

Former deputy chief minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar said developed countries in the world had stopped using EVMs and returned to ballot paper voting, and so should India.

“Let the people decide whom to vote for and let them know whom they have actually voted for without having any doubt in their minds. But this is not so in the case of the EVMs. Even the common masses and the NGOs are making the same demands,” Pawar said.

MNS President Raj Thackeray said “US-made chips are used in the Indian EVMs” but even the US President has expressed reservations over the EVMs.

“On August 21, people will fill up forms opposing EVM, which will be submitted to the Maharashtra State Election Commission. We have appealed to the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena to also join the anti-EVM movement in the interest of democracy,” Thackeray said.

Another NCP leader and ex-deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal said that the election process must remain “completely transparent, but to ensure this, return to ballot paper was imperative”.

“When advanced democracies like the US and Japan have discarded this technology, why must we stick to it? People have lost faith in EVMs, so it must be changed,” Bhujbal urged.

Swabhiman Shetkari Sanghatana President Raju Shetti said that a return to the ballot paper was imperative for bringing total transparency in the electoral process.

“We appeal to all village panchayats to pass a resolution on August 15 for banning EVMs and reintroducing the ballot paper system,” Shetti said.

Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader and retired Bombay High Court judge Justice B.G. Kolse-Patil said people have lost faith in the EVMs and “we shall boycott it in the elections”.

Others, including Brigadier (Rtd) Sudhir Sawant, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Prakash Reddy, Peasants and Workers Party Chief Jayant Patil, said ballot papers must be brought back to “save democracy”.

Lashing out at the demand, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Wardha said that it would be better if the Opposition parties introspect and accept their loss (in the polls) instead of blaming EVMs.

“Instead of launching agitations targeting EVMs, the Opposition must dwell on their performance, accept the realities, and go back to the people to get their sympathy,” Fadnavis said dismissively

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

4 + 9 =

Election

BJP becomes the principal Opposition in Sikkim by SDF defections

The BJP’s immediate challenge in the state will be the by-elections to the three seats.

Published

on

By

BJP

New Delhi, Aug 13 : The Bharatiya Janata Party, which did not win any seat in the Sikkim Assembly election, has become the main opposition party after 10 of the 13 MLAs of the Sikkim Democratic Front — which ruled the northeastern state for 25 years — joined the saffron party on Tuesday.

BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav officially welcomed the MLAs, including Narendra Kumar Subba, Dilli Ram Thapa, Karma Sonam Lepcha, Pintso Namgyal Lepcha, Raj Kumari Thapa, Tashi Thendup Bhutia and Krishna Bahadur Rai, at the party headquarters here.

BJP President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Working President J.P. Nadda had already given their nod for the MLAs’ entry into the party, Madhav said.

In the Assembly polls held along with the Lok Sabha polls in April, of the state’s total 32 seats, the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) won 17 seats and formed the government overthrowing the 25-year rule of the SDF, which bagged 15 seats.

Two of the SDF MLAs and one from SKM won from two seats and so, three seats fell vacant in the Assembly. Thus, the SDF was left with 13 members and SKM with 16.

Speaking to the media, Madhav said the SDF ruled Sikkim for 25 years and the BJP welcomed the MLAs.

“With 10 of the 13 MLAs joining the BJP, we will fulfil the responsibilities of a constructive opposition in Sikkim and strengthen the party’s base in the state,” Madhav said.

Local leader Dorjee Tshering Lepcha, who also joined the BJP, said that it is happening for the first time that so many MLAs in the state have changed parties.

“Sikkim is a small state with three international borders. We want BJP to win in Sikkim. The youths from the state are with the BJP. We want the BJP leaders should take reformative steps in Sikkim too like in rest of the country,” he said.

Continue Reading

Election

Manmohan to file nomination for RS on Aug 13

Manmohan Singh has represented Assam in Rajya Sabha for 28 years.

Published

on

By

Manmohan singh

New Delhi, Aug 10 (IANS) Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whose tenure as Rajya Sabha member ended in June this year is set to return to the Upper House from Rajasthan, party sources said.

A Congress source said Manmohan Singh will be the party’s candidate for the Rajya Sabha.

He said the former Prime Minister will file his nomination on August 13.

Manmohan Singh has represented Assam in Rajya Sabha for 28 years.

The Rajya Sabha elections in Rajasthan was necessitated after the death of BJP MP Madan Lal Saini, who passed away in a Delhi hospital.

Saini was elected to the Upper House last year when the BJP was in power in the state. The Congress has majority in the 200-member Assembly.

Continue Reading

Election

CEC rules out return to ballot paper system

Recently, Maharashtra Navnirman Senachief Raj Thackeray met Banerjee and invited her for a massive campaign against using EVMs in Indian elections in which several opposition leaders, including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, will be present.

Published

on

By

Sunil Arora

Kolkata, Aug 9 (IANS) Rejecting the demand of bringing back the ballot paper system of voting, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora on Friday said that there is no question of going back to the bygone era.

“We are not going back to the era of ballot papers. The Honourable Supreme Court has more than once said that ballot paper is a thing of the past,” Arora, who is in the city to attend an event at an educational institute, told reporters.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, one of the most vocal critics of electronic voting machines (EVMs), herself gave a call to shun the voting machines and return to ballot papers during Trinamool Congress’ Martyrs’ Day rally on July 21.

Recently, Maharashtra Navnirman Senachief Raj Thackeray met Banerjee and invited her for a massive campaign against using EVMs in Indian elections in which several opposition leaders, including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, will be present.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Most Popular