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Need to Use Ballot Papers Till Doubts on EVMs Vanish: Gujarat Ex-CM Shankersinh Vaghela

The former Congress leader also said that he has started efforts to unite “anti-BJP” political outfits.

On November 16, former Gujarat chief minister Shankersinh Vaghela demanded that the 2019 Lok Sabha polls use ballot papers instead of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), adding that he would work towards ensuring BJP’s defeat in the general elections.

Speaking to the media at his residence, the former BJP senior leader — he broke away from the party in 1996 — said, “There is need to use ballot papers till the doubts on EVMs in the minds of voters would vanish. A mechanism has to be developed to spread awareness on EVMs and VVPT among the voters across the country.”

Vaghela, who had resigned from Congress ahead of assembly polls in 2017 said, “I have started efforts to unite anti-BJP political outfits. For this purpose I am visiting across the nation and already visited nine states. My aim would be to create a national level political front to counter BJP.”

Reiterating how Prime Minister Narendra Modi had failed to keep the promises he made in 2014, he added that if “anti-BJP” parties got united at a local level, they could win around 300 seats — enough to form a new government at the Centre

Vaghela’s son Mahendrasinh, who had joined the BJP soon after resigning from the Congress party, quit the saffron party barely three months later, citing “personal reasons”.

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