: The election commission should ensure reliability of EVMs to restore voters' confidence in them in the wake of reports of the machines malfunctioning during the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls, particularly in Andhra Pradesh, CPI national secretary D Raja said Sunday.
Many political parties have expressed concern over the malfunctioning EVMs and
With six more phases of polls to go, the EC should see to it that the machines were reliable, he said.
Asked about the remarks of union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal on the 8-lane Chennai-Salem green corridor and NEET respectively, Raja said the BJP has its own agenda and was trying to bulldoze the states' rights.
Gadkari had said he would discuss with farmers on the road project even while Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami was in constant touch with him, despite thousands of farmers losing lakh of acres of cultivable land, Raja said.
Why was the BJP's ally PMK silent on the issue, as it was the party that had gone to the court against the project and got a verdict, he said.
Similarly on the NEET issue, Goyal had on Saturday said he would try to convince the AIADMK to continue the test for taking up medical courses, Raja said.
All these show that the BJP had never bothered about the rights of the states and wanted to impose its agenda, he said.
To a question on the general trend of polls, Raja said the BJP was on its way out as the mood of the people was against Modi and the BJP government.
On the post-poll scenario, the veteran CPI leader said there was a possibility of the secular democratic alliance forming the government, once the BJP government was removed.
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