Last week a historic press conference took place in Mumbai that could happen only in the Modi era. Raj Thackeray – the MNS President who has no major electoral victory to his credit was almost baby-sitting the Congress and NCP. The issue taken up was of EVMs. Raj Thackeray, whose speeches went viral in the Lok Sabha elections for his attack on PM Modi, is perhaps still in a state of shock with the thumping majority that PM Modi has come back into power. Worst, being that all the NCP and Congress candidates Raj Thackeray campaigned for, lost the polls. Since then he has been crying foul over EVMs machines and has even met the State Election Commission demanding that EVMs be scrapped and elections in Maharashtra should be done by ballot. In order to launch a state wide protest, he has now roped in the Congress NCP, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna & the Peasants and Workers Party against the use of EVM’s. Maharashtra’s entire opposition parties have come together demanding that the forthcoming assembly polls in the state that is to be held in October this year be held with ballot papers instead of EVM’s. Maharashtra Congress Chief Balasaheb Thorat, NCP leader Ajit Pawar, SSS Chief Raju Shetti and Jayant Patil who heads the PWP were present in the press conference and all echoed concerns raised by Raj. The MNS Chief said that the chips in the EVM’s were being manufactured in the United States and hence they could not be trusted.
On a question on ED enquiry on him, he said that he has not received any notice and no one has come to him yet.
He said that if BJP is so confident then they should agree to ballot vote. The opposition meanwhile is planning to launch a morcha on August 21.
Zeba Warsia – NMTV News.