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Going back to ballot paper a retrograde step: Hazare

Press Trust of India  |  Ralegan Siddhi (Maha) 

Anti-graft activist today hit out at his former protege Kejriwal over his demand for reverting to ballot papers for municipal polls in Delhi, saying it would be a retrograde step.

"In times when great technological advancement is taking place, returning to ballot papers will be a retrograde step," he told a TV channel at his village in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district.

"EVMs should not be done away with. Those who are voicing doubt over the machines are trying to take us back in time," he said, adding voting through ballot papers was a time consuming process.

Hazare and Kejriwal, who were together during the stir for anti-corruption ombudsman 'Lokpal', parted ways after the latter chose to take a plunge into politics.

Kejriwal, now the Chief Minister, has questioned the reliability of Electronic Voting Machines after his AAP's defeat in and elections.

Kejriwal said in that EVM tampering may have led to the AAP's poor showing in Punjab, alleging it could be part of a conspiracy to keep the party out of power in the state.

The won just 20 seats in the 117-member Assembly in and drew a blank in Goa, which has a 40-member House.

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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 22:57 IST