Pune: “Even if either of us gets the ticket for Pune Lok Sabha constituency, we will work together,” announced Nationalist Congress Party (NP) and Congress Party in a jointly issued statement in media on Friday.
After NCP staked claim on Pune Lok Sabha seat, both Congress and NCP city unit presidents have come together on the issue of opposing the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) for upcoming elections throughout the country.
Both the parties will stage an agitation on Saturday at Pune station near Babasaheb Ambedkar’s statue.
Asking other parties to join the agitation, Chavan added, “We are the first party to raise objection against EVM machines in the municipal corporation elections and challenged this decision in the Supreme Court.”
“There are other nationalist parties which are raising the same questions which we raised earlier. Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have also doubted the use of EVMs. They clarified that the demand is not because we lost the election but to save our democracy,” he further added.
Chavan further said, “We will discuss with Shiv Sena leaders and will to appeal them to join our agitation. We welcome other parties also to join us.”
While addressing a press conference of EVM issue, Vandana Chavan, Member of Parliament (MP) and City President of NCP said, “We support any candidate (either from NCP or Congress) for Pune Lok Sabha seat. Congress and NCP have an alliance and they will fight election together in upcoming polls.”
Ramesh Bagwe, Congress City Unit Chief said, “We don’t have a choice but to form an alliance ahead of the upcoming polls.”
“We will support any candidate from either of the parties for the Lok Sabha seat,” he added.
Speaking about the defeat during last Lok Sabha elections, Chavan added, “During last elections, we failed to conduct marketing of development works through social media network unlike Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which had a strong presence. Now, BJP government is busy projecting old development projects as their own.”
Bagwe added, “We demand that elections should be held by using the ballot paper. Many countries in the world have gone back to the ballot paper.”