Mumbai, August 18: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday demanded holding elections through the ballot paper and not Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) for Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation which is to be held on Sunday. He demanded ballot during a public meeting. Both BJP and Sena are fighting election independently from this area.
Not so happy with the EVMs, Uddhav said it a mystery as one has no idea in which kitty the vote of a person has landed once the EVM button is pressed. Advising the state election commission to pick ballot, Sena chief believes it would put aside the fears of the machine being hacked, reported Times of India. After the election results of Punjab, UP, Manipur, Goa, Uttarakhand were displayed in March this year, there have been series of allegations of EVMs being tampered.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal demanded the use of ballot for Delhi civic polls but his demand was rejected by Election Commission. Saurabh Bhardwaj, AAP MLA, in Delhi assembly had even demonstrated how the EVMs can be tampered with.
Confident of victory in the MBMC polls, 57-year-old Uddhav without taking the name of BJP said that his party does indulge in cash for vote politics. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis is also campaigning for MBMC polls and spoke of providing round the clock water and power supply to the region.
Speaking to Indian Express, Thackeray had lashed out at BJP for the Gorakhpur horror saying Modi government has money to buy votes but no cash to purchase oxygen. More than 60 children at Gorakhpur’s BRD hospital due to the alleged lack of oxygen. Furious Sena president also told IE that EVMs is an insult to democracy and the ballot system must be brought back.