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Ballot papers for civic polls: Kejriwal requests L-G to call a

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Chief Minister Kejriwal has requested Lt Governor Anil Baijal to call a meeting of political parties and the state commission to explore the possibility of using ballot papers in the civic polls in

He told reporters that if the state commission rejects such proposal outright then the idea has to be junked but if it is open to experimenting then things can be worked out.

"Only the Lt Governor has the power to change rules on the mode of polls. The commission, in a report, has said that at this stage it will be difficult to effect any change. So I have requested the L-G to call a meeting involving the AAP, the BJP, the and the commission," Kejriwal said.

In his letter to Baijal, the national convener said, "As the matter is of utmost urgency, the L-G is requested to immediately amend the relevant rules to provide for elections by paper ballot so that the forthcoming MCD elections are conducted in a free and fair manner."

He said in case the Lt Governor is of a different view, it is requested that a meeting of all political parties in and State Commission is convened by the L-G immediately to discuss the issue.

Kejriwal also alleged that EVM tampering may have led to his party's poor showing in Punjab.

"It could be part of a conspiracy to keep the out of power in that state," he alleged.

Yesterday, Kejriwal had written to the chief secretary directing him to approach the state election commission with the request to hold the municipal polls in Delhi, slated for April 22, using ballot papers.

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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 20:07 IST