Oppn retract from demand of using ballot papers

Ashish Jadhav
Wednesday, 9 August 2017

After the Pune civic elections were held during February this year and the results were out, the Bharatiya Janata Party and its ally Republican Party of India (A) came to power in the PMC. But the rest of the political parties facing defeat in the elections alleged that the EVMs were tampered to favour BJP in the elections. 

Pune: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Congress, Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena have backtracked from their demand of using ballot papers instead of electronic voting machines (EVMs) during the general, assembly and all civic elections.

After the Pune civic elections were held during February this year and the results were out, the Bharatiya Janata Party and its ally Republican Party of India (A) came to power in the PMC. But the rest of the political parties facing defeat in the elections alleged that the EVMs were tampered to favour BJP in the elections. 

Later the outgoing members of NCP, Congress, Shiv Sena and MNS came together and tabled a proposal dated March 14, 2017 to hold all elections through ballot papers instead of EVMs before the standing committee and the proposal should be forwarded to the Maharashtra State Election Commission.

However, the Standing Committee headed by the BJP deferred the proposal for the next two months.

Meanwhile, the defeated and outgoing members of the PMC expressed during the last General Body meeting of the PMC that the EVMs used in the concluded civic elections were tampered with and blamed it for their loss in elections. 

They had also said that the battle against the use of EVMs in the polls will continue outside the PMC and they will try to generate public awareness on implementing the Supreme Court’s guidelines on using ballot papers for elections. 

But when the Election Commission of India challenged the political parties to prove that the EVMs can be tampered with, none of the political party accepted that challenge and backtracked there also.

When the proposal came before standing committee on Tuesday, the members belonging to NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena backtracked and the proposal was scrapped unanimously.

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