Revert back to ballot system, Congress demands EC

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi with Sonia Gandhi and other top leaders duing the 84th Plenary Session of the Indian National Congress (INC) at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi, March 17, 2018.

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi with Sonia Gandhi and other top leaders duing the 84th Plenary Session of the Indian National Congress (INC) at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi, March 17, 2018.

The Congress party on Saturday demanded the Election Commission to revert to the old practice of paper ballots in future elections instead of electronic voting machines (EVMs). Off late, Congress and other opposition political parties have been alleging tampering with the EVMs and reintroduction of the ballot paper system of voting.

Moving resolution during its 84th plenary session in New Delhi, the principal opposition party argued that the move is necessary for there are misgivings on misuse of EVMs to manipulate the outcome contrary to popular verdict.

The party called for reverting to the old practice of paper ballots citing it was adopted by other major democracies to help restore the credibility of the electoral process.

On the other issue of simultaneous elections for Lok Sabha and assemblies, something which the BJP and particularly Prime Minister Modi has been urging for, Congress termed it “impractical” and “incompatible with the Constitution”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been pressing upon the idea of holding simultaneous elections to Parliament and state assemblies, contending that it will save money and time.

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi with Sonia Gandhi duing the 84th Plenary Session of the Indian National Congress (INC) at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi, March 17, 2018. PTI

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi with Sonia Gandhi duing the 84th Plenary Session of the Indian National Congress (INC) at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi, March 17, 2018.
PTI

The party also resolved to adopt a “pragmatic approach” for cooperation with all like-minded parties and evolve a common workable programme to defeat the BJP-RSS in the 2019 general election. This is also seen a follow-up of recent moves by the party such as hosting 19 political parties for dinner by former Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

In the plenary session, Sonia Gandhi launched an all-out attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that his pre-poll promises of combating corruption and ensuring inclusive development were aimed at coming to power.

Giving a clarion call to her party workers, she asked them to be ready for any kind of sacrifice to strengthen the party.

She also urged the Congress party rank and file to extend all support to the new party chief and her son Rahul Gandhi who had taken over the reins in “such difficult times”.

(With inputs from PTI)