EVM is being made villain: PM Modi slams opposition’s show of unity at Kolkata Rally

New Delhi: Taking a dig at the Opposition’s show of unity during a rally in Kolkata, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said their “mahagathbandhan” (grand alliance) was an alliance of corruption, negativity and instability.

The Opposition was staring at a defeat in forthcoming elections and looking for excuses ahead of their impending loss and thus are vilifying electronic voting machines, Modi said, addressing BJP’s booth-level workers of five different cities through video-conference.

“EVM is being made villain. It’s natural that every political party wants to win the polls, but it’s worrisome when some parties take public for granted. They consider public stupid and so keep changing colours,” Modi said.

PM Modi’s reference was to the remarks made by former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah who had likened the EVM machines to a thief at the United India rally in Kolkata’s Parade Ground on Saturday.

“EVM is a chor machine. We should meet the Election Commission of India and the President to urge them to stop the use of EVMs,” Abdullah said at the rally organised by the Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

Leaders from over a dozen opposition parties gathered in Kolkata on Saturday and vowed to put up a united fight in the coming Lok Sabha elections and oust Modi from power.

Several opposition leaders at the rally demanded the use of ballot papers instead of EVMs which they said were the source of “all sorts of malpractices”.

“The Opposition’s mahagathbandhan is an alliance of corruption, negativity and instability. The Opposition has ‘dhanshakti’ (money power), we have ‘janshakti’ (people’s power),” Modi said.

He also wished the ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar a speedy recovery, and called him the “architect of modern Goa”.