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Chandigarh, Mar 18: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday batted for polling by means of ballot papers, saying the digital voting machines could possibly be “fudged”. His assertion got here days after when some MLAs, together with Navjot Singh Sidhu, had questioned the use of EVMs and had stated voting ought to be held by means of ballot papers.
“We ought to return to ballot papers and I’m completely in assist of this,” Amarinder Singh stated, replying to a query on EVMs throughout a press convention to mark the completion of 4 years of his authorities.
The chief minister stated he was among the many first to oppose the use of EVMs in elections as they could possibly be “fudged”, stating that nations like Japan, Sweden and the UK weren’t utilizing it.
“Why are superior nations not having this (EVMs)? Why Japan will not be having this? Why they’ve ballot paper? Why Sweden has ballot papers? Why the UK has ballot papers?” he requested. On March 9, Congress MLA Sidhu had stated within the Assembly that nations just like the US disapproved polling by means of digital voting machines (EVMs) as these nations had reasoned that any expertise could possibly be “manipulated” however not ballot papers.
Even Lok Insaaf Party MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains had stated within the House that based on Article 328 of the Constitution, an Assembly was empowered to determine whether or not it desires election by means of an EVM or ballot paper.
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Asked about reservation in jobs like neighbouring Haryana, which has just lately reserved 75 per cent of the roles for locals within the personal sector, the Punjab chief minister opposed the coverage of “extreme regionalisation” being adopted by sure states, saying “Amarinder stands for India for Indians”.
“I consider that India is one nation,” he stated, including that “an excessive amount of regionalisation” was not a very good factor. Pointing out that there was no state in India the place Punjabis weren’t flourishing and doing an ideal job, the chief minister requested “why Punjabis can’t purchase land in Himachal Pradesh or should not have sure rights in Kashmir and Rajasthan?” “If we begin regionalising, we’ll undergo,” he added.