Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019

Congress, NCP join Raj Thackeray’s “EVM Hatao” movement

Raj Thackeray also hinted that a protest is on cards by all the opposition parties against EVMs. He said that BJP and Shivsena should also join the protest.


Mumbai| Maharashtra Navanirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray today reiterated that people have lost the trust on the EVMs and the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly Elections should be conducted on Ballot Papers. Raj Thackeray was speaking at a press conference of opposition parties in Mumbai on Friday. He said, “Looking at the overall political environment in the country, the clouds of suspicion have surrounded the elections. Many people have voiced concerns over EVMs.”

Raj Thackeray also hinted that a protest is on cards by all the opposition parties against EVMs. However, he said that the protest is not limited to opposition parties. “BJP-Shivsena should also join the protest against EVMs,” Thackeray said.

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Before the press conference, the key leaders of all the opposition parties held a meeting in Mumbai. The meeting was attended by MNS chief Raj Thackeray, NCP leader Ajit Pawar, Chhagan Bhujbal, Congress state president Balasaheb Thorat, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana’s Raju Shetty, Jayant Patil, former judge B.G. Kolse Patil, MLC Kapil Patil, etc. It was decided in the meeting that the opposition political parties produce a form. The form will demand elections through ballot papers. The forms will then be distributed amongst people who will be asked to give feedback. Raj Thackeray also said that the parties will organize a mega march against EVM on August 21 in Mumbai.

He also raised questions over the manufacturing of EVM Machines. He said, “If EVM machine chips are being manufactured in the US, then how do Indians trust it? During Lok Sabha elections, discrepancies have been reported in 371 constituencies. Where 1 lakh people have voted, the EVM counting has recorded 1 lakh 15 thousand votes.” “If the voting is conducted through ballot papers, it will help to end the suspicion,” he added.

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Meanwhile, the opposition’s march against EVM has not been given any name. Raj Thackeray has also asked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to attend the rally. He recently met the TMC Supremo who agreed to back the anti-EVM movement.


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