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Congress manifesto for 2024 Lok Sabha elections should promise junk EVMs, restore paper ballots: Prithviraj Chavan

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Congress manifesto for 2024 Lok Sabha elections should promise junk EVMs, restore paper ballots: Prithviraj Chavan

Raising doubts over the credibility of EVMs, senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday said his party would work out a plan to take the issue to the people and promised restoration of ballot papers in its manifesto for the 2024 parliamentary elections. . The Congress has taken a strong stand against the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and has even put pressure on the Election Commission for the return of ballot papers.

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Chavan raised the issue during the deliberations of the party’s panel on political issues at the three-day ‘Chintan Shivir’ here. He said many other leaders have supported the idea. Chavan, a member of the Group of 23 leaders who wrote to Sonia Gandhi demanding organizational reforms and reforms, thanked the Congress President for organizing the ‘camp’ for a very structured and disciplined open and frank discussion.

He said that winning the 2024 Lok Sabha election is very important for the Congress as well to help save democracy. He said the party would also look into the assembly elections in 12 states ahead of the parliamentary polls as it was imperative for the party to win and return to power in the states and at the Centre. “There was a lot of talk on EVMs and the way fraud is happening. It is my personal opinion that (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi will not change anything even if we petition or request it. There is only one option – we have to defeat them and write in our manifesto that we will remove EVMs and go back to paper ballot…. Can’t do anything before that, he told reporters.

“We have to look at state-specific issues because in some states there is a direct fight (between Congress and BJP), while in others there are other parties. We have to win the assembly elections first. He said that the biggest thing is that we all met after Kovid and for this I thank the party chief. On the Congress chief telling the leaders that it was time to pay back the party, he said he meant to ensure Congress victory in the states and at the Centre.

Avoiding questions on the Congress’s soft Hindutva approach, Chavan said, “We discussed the issues which are of concern to the Congress party.” The outcome of the discussion will be in front of everyone.” Asked about Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel advocating a soft Hindutva approach, while some others were reportedly opposed, Chavan said he would not comment on it. Would like what was discussed inside. However, he added, each state has genuine concerns… and that is the purpose of meeting people from across the country and discussing issues.” The Maharashtra leader also accused MNS leader Raj Thackeray of trying to polarize voters in the state and alleged that film actors were being used to defame Congress leaders.

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