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EVM tampering:Congress Veteran leader Veerappa Moily breaks ranks with party as Opposition meets President today

 2017-04-12 15:41:20.0

EVM tampering:Congress Veteran leader Veerappa Moily  breaks ranks with party as Opposition meets President today

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily today broke ranks with his party on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), categorically saying India cannot go back to paper ballots. The veteran leader is asked by the Congress to explain his remarks.

"Among all the countries, our electoral system is the best and for that, the credit should go to the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) and the Congress. We can have a committee to look into the issue of EVMs, but there is no question of going back to manual methods," Moily said, hours before a delegation led by the Congress approached President Pranab Mukherjee on the issue.

"There are some apprehensions in the mind (of some leaders) and they are asking fro some upgradation. Such things have happened in the past too. So many testing occurred when I was the Law Minister, but we didn't find anything wrong in it. We can't go back to ballot papers, but if technical upgradation is possible, then it is okay," he said.

While, his statement didn't go down well for the Congress, which asked the veteran, that why did he gave such a statement while the party is trying to corner the government over the alleged tampering of the EVMs in recent elections.

Another Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad reminded Moily of being a signatory to the memorandum that the Opposition parties have given to the President opposing the use of EVMs in recent elections. "It is his personal view and nout our party's view," Azad said.

The Opposition leaders, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, met President Pranab Mukherjee today on the EVM issue and to raise their concern over what they dubbed as an "environment of fear and insecurity" in the country, asking him to "protect the constitutional democracy and fundamental rights" of the citizens.

Congress vice-President Rahul Gandhi along with senior leader Mallikarjun, Azad and Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary Sitaram Yechury were part of the delegation.

As the Congress expressed its displeasure over the remarks, Moily later changed his stand saying,"Yes, I said all that but this (meeting the President) is also important. The delegation is going to meet President and after that our spokesperson will give his reaction," he said.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that leaders of various opposition parties met the Election Commission authorities too on Monday and assured of all-party meeting on the matter.


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