BYELECTIONS: SP RAKES UP EVM IS­SUE

The Asian Age - - Nation -

Luc­know: Sa­ma­jwadi Party ( SP) chief Akhilesh Ya­dav on Satur­day once again raked up the is­sue of use of EVMs in elec­tions, rais­ing ques­tions on “main­te­nance and cal­i­bra­tion” of the ma­chines in Go­rakh­pur, where Lok Sabha by­polls are due. Ear­lier this month, the former chief min­is­ter in a meet­ing with se­nior party lead­ers as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the NCP, CPI, CPI ( M), Apna Dal ( Kr­ishna Pa­tel fac­tion), Peace Party, AAP, RLD and RJD had dis­cussed the is­sue. “The main­te­nance and cal­i­bra­tion of EVMs is go­ing on when the Go­rakh­pur ad­min­is­tra­tion is busy in the Go­rakh­pur Ma­hot­sav. What com­bi­na­tion is this? For which ‘ ut­sav’ are they ( BJP) prepar­ing,” he said. The Go­rakh­pur Ma­hot­sav, in chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath’s home turf, had started on Jan­uary 11 and will end on Satur­day. “What do you rec­tify in the ma­chine ( EVM)? The gov­ern­ment can­not be trusted,” said Mr Ya­dav, who is de­mand­ing the Go­rakh­pur and Phulpur Lok Sabha byelections be held through bal­lot pa­per. In the meet­ing, all the par­ties, bar­ring the CPI( M), were of the view that all fu­ture elec­tions should be held through the bal­lot pa­pers. They had agreed that there were flaws in the con­duct of elec­tions through EVMs and that VVPATs were also not be­ing used.

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