Telugu Desam Party supremo and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, who claims patient for introduction of technology in the country and its extensive use in the government, had expressed doubts over the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
He talked against the EVMs in the elections and advocated going back to the paper ballot in 2019 elections. He said that the whole world was using paper ballot for the elections and questioned the use of machines in India, which has the possibility of manipulation. The leader who uses technology, advocates paperless governance and digital transactions is surprisingly talks against the EVMs and wants the nation to go back to the paper ballot.
His talk against the EVMs comes after the TDP’s crushing defeat in Telangana where the Congress and other parties are talking about the EVMs manipulation. The Congress leaders in Telangana are accusing the ruling TRS of manipulating the EVMs to win the election against the mood of the people. The Congress had high hopes of wresting power in the just concluded elections and there was big talk about the Congress-TDP combine winning the polls.
Even former MP Lagadapati Rajagopal, who is called Andhra Octopus in predicting the elections, had predicted the victory of the Congress-TDP led Mahakutami, the Grand Alliance. The Congress leaders were even prepared for the swearing-in ceremony and Congress president Uttam Kumar Reddy had even gone to Delhi to consult about the cabinet formation with the party senior leaders including Rahul Gandhi.
However, by the time he returned to Hyderabad from the national capital and when the EVMs were opened for counting, the result was different and the party had lost heavily. All its top leaders were defeated in the elections and the TRS recording a big victory. This humiliating defeat had led them to talk about the EVMs, which Chandrababu Naidu also picked up.
As he gets ready for the next election in Andhra Pradesh, it is to be seen if Chandrababu Naidu demands for the use of paper ballot or compromises with the EVMs.