Sam Pitroda on Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Expressing concern over Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), Congress leader Sam Pitroda on Thursday (December 28) said that if the issues related to EVM are not resolved, BJP can win more than 400 seats in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Pitroda said in an interview to ‘PTI-Video’ that the elections will decide the fate of India.
The Election Commission has always dismissed apprehensions regarding EVMs, but leaders of other opposition parties including Congress have been accusing EVMs of tampering. Many people in Congress have also claimed that they trust these machines. In which some party leaders said this after the party’s defeat in the recent assembly elections.
However, the Congress and other opposition parties have been demanding 100 per cent ‘Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail’ (VVPAT) and also suggesting that the slips should be given to voters instead of being kept in boxes.
Statements on Ram Mandir were distorted and presented – Sam Pitroda
Congress leader Pitroda also said that his statements regarding Ram temple in Ayodhya have been distorted and he believes that religion is a personal matter which should not be mixed with politics. Pitroda was quoted in the news as saying that the entire country is stuck on Ram Temple.
He said this on Congress’s Bharat Nyay Yatra
On Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s upcoming ‘Bharat Nyaya Yatra’, he said, “The next elections are about the future of India. What kind of nation do we want to build?” He said, ”Do you want to build a country as mentioned in the Constitution, where all religions are respected, all institutions are autonomous, which allows our civilized society to function, Or do you want to build a nation on the basis of dominance of one religion?
What else did Sam Pitroda say on EVM?
Expressing concern over EVMs, Pitroda cited a report by NGO ‘The Citizens Commission on Elections’ headed by former Supreme Court judge Madan B Lokur and said that the main recommendation in the report is to change the existing design of the VVPAT system. And make it truly ‘voter-verified’.
Pitroda said, “I waited for the Election Commission to respond but when it did not happen, I decided to speak out.” This has nothing to do with the fact that elections have been held in five states and 2024 elections are round the corner. He said, “I think this report reflects the lack of confidence and the Election Commission needs to restore confidence.” Should be answered for.
‘…So the figure of 400 may be true’
The Congress leader said that he believes that democracy has derailed and we are becoming too authoritarian. “The whole game has become one man’s game,” he said.
Regarding BJP’s claim of winning more than 400 seats in the general elections, he said, “If they can do so then it is good. This decision has to be taken by that country. EVMs will have to be repaired before the general elections. If the EVMs were not accurate then the figure of 400 could be true. If the EVMs are repaired then the issue of 400 cannot be true.
When asked about his comments on Ram Temple, Pitroda said, “My statement on Ram Temple was distorted. I am basically protecting the Constitution. I am saying that religion is a very personal subject, leave it to the public. You can absolutely celebrate, people can celebrate whatever they want. But don’t make politics difficult.
What did the PM of INDIA Alliance say on his face?
On the question of opposition alliance ‘India’ not making Congress leader Rahul Gandhi its face for the post of Prime Minister, Pitroda said, “‘India’ is not presenting anyone as its contender for the post of Prime Minister.” He said that the alliance has collectively decided, “We will reach this decision after the elections because right now the priority is to unite the 60 percent people who do not vote for BJP.”
He said that the alliance members will decide as a group who should be selected as the prime ministerial candidate. Pitroda said, “The alliance has collectively decided that it will not present anyone as the prime ministerial candidate. Only two people put forward the name of Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge. There are bound to be some differences in this kind of alliance. This is the beauty of the alliance.
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee and Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party national convenor Arvind Kejriwal had advocated Kharge’s name for the prime ministerial face of the alliance in the December 19 meeting. On the question of the face of the opposition in front of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Pitroda said, “I don’t think this is the right question. This is not a presidential election, this is a parliamentary election.
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