Bhopal: Bring back ballot papers says Congress

BHOPAL: Election Commission of India (ECI) should stop experimenting with Indian democracy; the old pattern of polling through ballot papers should be restored again in elections, said AICC general secretary Mohan Prakash, while addressing a press conference here on Wednesday.

He wondered why ECI was planning to purchase a new type of voting machines, worth Rs 1,500 crore, but was not ready to conduct elections through ballot paper.

“Credit goes to Madhya Pradesh, which unveiled the truth about EVM and VVPAT in front of the nation. The claim of purity failed in its first attempt, when CEO pushed many buttons and only one symbol of  a specific party came out of the VVPAT machine,” he claimed adding all those parties which believed in democracy were demanding ‘return of ballot paper’.

“Not only Indian political parties, but also other countries are looking towards India, because India is one of the biggest democracies of the world and Indians are following democratic values, but the use of EVM and its alleged manipulation has put a question mark on Indian democracy,” he alleged.

‘Record CM’s prog’

The CM is going to take part in a mass dinner party in Ater constituency in Govindgarh village. The ECI should make a recording of the function, because during the bypolls of Shahdol, wherever Congress MLA Sourabh Singh had gone, two cameras recorded his each activity.  He added they would complain the matter to the election commission.

Demo against power tariff hike

State Congress president Arun Yadav informed that from April 7 to 10 at every block headquarter the Congress would stage demonstration against the hike in power charges.

He alleged the SDMs and tehsildars were seizing farmers’ property like cultivator, thrasher, motor pumps, TVs, motorcycles, bullock carts etc for not paying the electricity bills.

“During the Congress regime, the party provided single connection to the slums free of cost. Similarly for the farmers up to 5 horsepower no electricity bill was charged, but the current BJP government is not providing proper power and also imposing heavy bills on them,” he alleged.

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