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EVMs were rigged in polls: AIADMK

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SEEKING CHANGE: AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa flanked by political adviser C. Ponnaiyan and presidium chairman E. Madhusudhanan, at the party’s executive meeting in Chennai.
SEEKING CHANGE: AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa flanked by political adviser C. Ponnaiyan and presidium chairman E. Madhusudhanan, at the party’s executive meeting in Chennai.

B. Kolappan

CHENNAI: The AIADMK on Wednesday urged the Election Commission to revert to ballot paper, arguing that Electronic Voting Machines were rigged in the Lok Sabha polls.

A resolution adopted at the executive committee meeting of the party said the election results had reflected large-scale manipulation of EVMs.

“Our party general secretary Jayalalithaa has been constantly arguing against EVMs. Even the developed countries have reverted to ballot paper after manipulation of EVMs was detected,” said the resolution.

When reporters waiting in the party headquarters approached Ms Jayalalithaa for her reaction, she said she had nothing to add to the resolutions passed at the meeting.

Another resolution urged the Centre to secure a good future for Sri Lankan Tamils by finding a permanent solution to the ethnic crisis.

“The Central government should send relief materials through the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to the Tamils who are victims of the Sri Lankan Army,” the resolution said.

Yet another resolution alleged that the DMK government deleted the names of supporters of the AIADMK from the voter list and in every Assembly constituency over 10,000 names were deleted.

“The Election Commission should look into the issue and take steps to include these names in the voter list,” it added.

The executive meeting also accused the State government of failing to secure the rights of Tamil Nadu over Cauvery water and in Mullaperiyar issue.

The meeting condemned the power crisis in the State maintaining that industries, weavers, farmers and every section of society were affected by it. A resolution vowed to defeat the DMK government and bring back the “golden period” of Ms Jayalalithaa.

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