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Cong Manifesto for 2024 Lok Sabha Polls Ought to Promise to Junk EVMs, Restore Paper Ballots: Prithviraj Chavan

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Casting doubt on the reliability of EVMs, senior Congress chief Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday stated his celebration will work on a plan to take the problem to individuals and promise in its manifesto for the 2024 parliamentary polls to revive paper ballots. The Congress has taken a powerful stand towards the usage of digital voting machines (EVMs) and has even pressed the Election Fee for a return to paper ballots.

Chavan, a former Maharashtra chief minister, raised the problem throughout deliberations within the celebration’s panel on political points on the three-day ‘Chintan Shivir’ right here. He stated many different leaders have supported the view. Chavan, a member of the group of 23 leaders who wrote to Sonia Gandhi demanding organisational overhaul and reforms, thanked the Congress president for organising the ‘Shivir’ for open and frank discussions that had been very structured and disciplined.

He stated profitable the 2024 Lok Sabha elections is essential for the Congress and as nicely for serving to save democracy. He stated the celebration would additionally deal with the meeting polls in 12 states earlier than the parliamentary elections because it was crucial for the celebration to win and return to energy in states and on the Centre. “A number of discuss befell on EVM and the best way fraud is going down. It’s my private opinion that (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi won’t change something even when we petition or request him. There is just one possibility — we should defeat him and have to put in writing in our manifesto that we are going to take away EVMs and return to paper ballots…. Can’t do something earlier than that, he informed reporters.

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“Now we have to have a look at state-specific points as in some states there’s a direct combat (between the Congress and the BJP) whereas in others there are different events additionally. Now we have to win meeting elections first. The largest factor is that every one of us met after Covid and I thank celebration chief for that, he added. On the Congress chief telling leaders that it was time to pay again to the celebration, he stated she meant making certain the victory of the Congress in states and on the Centre.

Chavan parried questions on the tender Hindutva method of the Congress, saying, We mentioned these points which can be of concern to the Congress celebration. The result of the discussions will likely be there for everybody to see.” Requested about Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel advocating the tender Hindutva method whereas some others reportedly opposing it, Chavan stated he wouldn’t prefer to touch upon what was mentioned inside. He, nonetheless, added, There are real considerations every state has…and that is the aim of individuals assembly from throughout the nation and discussing points.” The Maharashtra chief additionally accused MNS chief Raj Thackeray of attempting to polarise voters within the state and alleged that movie actors had been getting used to denigrate Congress leaders.

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