A Congress-led delegation has submitted a memorandum on the alleged irregularities in electronic voting machines (EVMs) and the rise of communal forces under Prime Minister Narendra Modi to President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday.
The delegation included several popular leaders like Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Satyavrat Chaturvedi, and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad among others.
Talking to the press after the meeting, Azad said that the alleged tampering of EVMs, and the backdoor entry by the BJP to form the governments in Goa and Manipur, have raised questions on the electoral process in the country.
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Azad also said that the mob lynching of a Muslim trader transporting cow in Alwar (Rajasthan) earlier this month and that of a Mulsim man in Dadri (Uttar Pradesh) in 2015 were also raised before the president. The delegation of Opposition parties also discussed other issues like passing of key bills as money bills in order to bypass Rajya Sabha.
Azad said that the united Opposition sought the president's intervention to maintain the constitutional safeguards in India. "In a democracy, rule of law should prevail but mob lynching and harassment is seen in the country," the Congress leader remarked.
The delegation also highlighted the issue of BJP's lack of a majority in the Rajya Sabha. Azad claimed that the BJP is manipulating parliamentary rules to pass key bills by passing the lower House.
Both the upper and lower Houses were adjourned sine die on the conclusion of the Budget Session on Wednesday.
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Updated Date: Apr 12, 2017 16:36:53 IST