Miffed by EVM remarks, Congress top brass summons Moily
Former union minister Veerappa Moily was on Wednesday reportedly summoned by the Congress top brass for his remarks slamming his party for jumping on the bandwagon to oppose EVMs.
Moily earlier criticised his party for demanding that the use of Electronic Voting Machines be stopped and asking for ballot papers to be reintroduced in upcoming elections, said reports.
He had said that it was wrong to back some regional parties who are blaming the EVMs for their dismal performance in the assembly polls.
Moily further dubbed such demands as 'defeatist' mindset and urged the Congress to not join the "populist sway of regional outfits."
Moily was also quoted as saying that the party did not consult anyone before deciding to join the group of political parties opposing the EVM.
Around 16 opposition parties, including the Congress, AAP and BSP, had approached the Election Commission to conduct the future elections using the ballot papers.
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram had, however, said that the Election Commission should not reject the claims of the political parties and re-examine its position.
The parties are demanding that the EC dispel the apprehensions they have and reassure the people of the country and voters on the serious issue. The opposition parties observed that free and fair elections are the basic founding blocks on which the entire edifice of the country has been maintained.