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Cong burns replica of EVM after holding demonstration

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Demanding next Assembly election in the State through paper ballot, the Congress party burnt replica of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) after holding demonstration and public meeting against it here on Monday. A memorandum in this regard addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India was also handed over to the SDM on the occasion.

The demonstration led by former Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) spokesman Arif Masood was attended by MPCC general secretary and Bhopal District Congress Committee (DCC) president PC Sharma, former Chairman of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) Kailash Mishra, state and districts office bearers, Congress Corporators in the BMC and large number of party workers and general people was followed by a public meeting at Budhwara Char Batti Square of the state capital.

Masood addressing the gathering on the occasion said, “Our agitation against the EVM would continue till the Election Commission of India (ECI) did not accept our demand of holding the future elections through ballot paper.

 In the next phase of our agitation we would launch signature campaign and would get one lakh signatures only from Bhopal Madhya assembly constituency in support of our demand for election through ballot paper.

These signatures along with a memorandum would be sent to President of India and the ECI.”

Masood further said that in the recently held assembly elections of Uttar Pradesh people and the non-BJP political parties have expressed doubt that large scale tempering in the software of EVMs was done to benefit the BJP.

The doubt of the people and political parties furthers on looking at the results of the postal ballots as about 70 per cent of postal ballots were in favor of Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Congress whereas the results of EVM came in contrast to that.

Tempering with EVM reaches near to surety when given a look at the results of the 20 assembly constituencies where Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines were installed with the EVM as BJP lost 16 of these seats, he added.  




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