Mamata Banerjee is committed towards saving democracy: Raj Thackeray on use of EVMs in elections

WION Web Team Kolkata Jul 31, 2019, 05.15 PM(IST)

File photo of Raj Thackeray. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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Opposition parties had accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of winning the 2019 Lok Sabha elections by tampering EVM machines.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) supremo Raj Thackeray on Wednesday met West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee and discussed use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in elections.

He invited the TMC supremo to attend a 'morcha' (protest) in Mumbai. "I came to meet her on the issue of use of EVMs in polls. I've invited her for a 'morcha' in Mumbai. She told me that her party is committed towards saving democracy. She said, "Main hun,aisa samajh lena," he told reporters after the meeting.

Thackeray arrived in Kolkata on Tuesday.

Opposition parties had accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of winning the 2019 Lok Sabha elections by tampering EVM machines.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of India (ECI) had rejected opposition's accusation, saying that EVMs are tamper-proof and can't be hacked.

Mamata Banerjee was one of the earliest interlocutors of the united opposition. All like-minded anti-BJP parties had come under one umbrella to take on the saffron party in the Lok Sabha polls.

In June, Mamata had asked all the Opposition parties to come together and demand the return of ballot papers. "I ask all the 23 political parties in the opposition to come together and demand the return of ballot papers. We must raise our voices. Even a country like the US has banned EVMs," Banerjee said. 

BJP returned to power with a thumping majority securing 303 seats in the Lok Sabha elections.

(With inputs from agencies)