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Opposition to meet Election Commission over EVM tampering allegations

LiveMint logoLiveMint 10-04-2017 PTI

New Delhi: Opposition parties on Monday decided to take up unitedly with the Election Commission (EC) the issue of alleged electronic voting machines (EVM) tampering in elections held in various states recently.

Leaders of various opposition parties on Monday met in Parliament and decided to jointly meet the EC, demanding that their concerns on the issue be addressed. The opposition leaders are demanding that VVPAT (paper trail of voting) be introduced in all future elections.

The Congress has also been pushing for use of ballot papers instead of EVMs in upcoming elections in view of the alleged tampering. The parties are demanding that the EC dispel the apprehensions they have and reassure the people of the country and voters on the serious issue.

The opposition parties observed that free and fair elections are the basic founding blocks on which the entire edifice of country has been maintained. “Any erosion of these basic principles which sustain this edifice needs to be addressed forthwith and in the right earnest,” said a leader.

Among those present at Monday’s strategy meeting held at leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad’s chamber in Parliament included Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal and Vivek Tankha, besides Janata Dal (United) leader Ali Anwar Ansari, Trinamool Congress’s Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Bahujan Samaj Party’s Satish Misra and Samajwadi Party’s Neeraj Shekhar. Nationalist Congress Party leader Majeed Memon, Communist Party of India’s D. Raja and Rashtriya Janata Dal’s J.P. Narain Yadav were also present during the meeting and all decided to strongly raise the issue with the EC.

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