Mahaghatbandhan to move SC against use of EVMs: AP CM

An alliance of political parties, fighting against the BJP, has decided to approach the Supreme Court against the use of electronic voting machines (EVM), announced Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu in Amaravati.
In a teleconference with Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders, the Chief Minister said this decision was taken during a meeting of 15 parties at Sharad Pawar’s residence in New Delhi on February 13 night. A TDP release on the teleconference, however, did not give any further details on the issue but the Chief Minister’s tweet confirmed it.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, who was in Amaravati recently, maintained that “most parties” reposed faith in EVMs, and regretted that some were making the EVMs part of their “motivated slugfest”.
The Chief Minister also told his party rank and file that the Opposition parties decided to forge a pre-election alliance and work with a common minimum programme. “There is a lot of antagonism towards Narendra Modi’s rule across the country. Democracy will be in danger in the hands of incompetent people. Our talks with national parties have been successful,” the release quoted the TDP chief as saying.
However, the Telugu Desam Party has decided to go solo this time in the Assembly elections, without having a pre-poll alliance with any political party Andhra Pradesh. The Congress had announced it would fight the Lok Sabha and the State Assembly elections, due in May, on its own.
The TDP has been demanding that EVMs should not be used in the coming general election and that the Election Commission of India revert to the paper ballots.

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