Hack theory: Chandrababu Naidu says non-BJP parties to move SC against use of Electronic Voting Machines

By: | Updated: February 14, 2019 3:45 PM

The TDP has been demanding that use of EVMs be abolished in the upcoming elections and that the Election Commission of India revert to the old ballot paper system.

Hack theory: Chandrababu Naidu says non-BJP parties to move SC against use of Electronic Voting MachinesNaidu is also learnt to have told his party rank and file that the opposition parties have decided to forge a pre-election alliance and work with a common minimum programme. (File)

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday said that some of the non-BJP parties have decided to approach the Supreme Court against the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM). Naidu said a decision in this regard was taken during the meeting of 15 non-BJP parties at Sharad Pawar’s residence in New Delhi on Wednesday night.

According to news agency PTI, Naidu announced this decision during his daily teleconference with Telugu Desam Party leaders, however, the TDP release on the teleconference did not give any further details on the issue.

Naidu is also learnt to have told his party rank and file that the opposition parties have decided to forge a pre-election alliance and work with a common minimum programme.

“There is a lot of antagonism towards Narendra Modi’s rule across the country. Democracy will be in danger in the hands of incompetent people. Our talks with national parties have been successful,” the release quoted the TDP chief as saying. It did not specify if the party would have a pre-poll alliance with the Congress in the state.

The Congress had already announced it would fight the Lok Sabha and the state Assembly elections, due in May, on its own.

The TDP has been demanding that use of EVMs be abolished in the upcoming elections and that the Election Commission of India revert to the old ballot paper system.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, who was here a couple of days ago, maintained that ‘most parties’ reposed faith in EVMs and regretted that some were making the EVMs part of their ‘motivated slugfest’.

The Election Commission in January rejected the demand by Opposition parties seeking use of ballot papers during elections and said that it will continue to use EVMs & VVPATs. The poll body also said it was open to any criticism or feedback from stakeholders including political parties. Earlier the Constitutional body rejected claims by an individual during a hackathon in London and said it would explore what legal actions could be taken.

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