A day after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar raised doubts over the functioning of the EVMs in the recently held Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has shot back saying such complaints are made by those who lose. “This is a classic example of blaming the machine for their (NCP’s) inability to win elections. The type of politics that the Opposition playing is something like finding the cure without the diagnosis of the disease,” State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said. ‘Couldn’t solve problems’The minister said the Congress-NCP ruled for over 47 years in the State and over 50 years in India, but could not solve the problems of the people. “It is time for the Opposition to do some introspection instead of blaming of the machines,” he said.In a party meeting called to review of the results of the Lok Sabha polls on Saturday, the NCP president said he always had doubts over the efficiency of the EVMs and their numbers. “When the Congress won the elections in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, there were doubts in my mind as to whether it was done to ensure a victory in the general elections,” he said.Mr. Pawar said the BJP is now working to pull down these governments. “All three States are adjacent to each other and now the BJP is planning to bring them down,” he said. While clarifying that there will be no merger with the Congress, the NCP president had appealed to the party workers to forget the results of the Lok Sabha elections. “The Assembly polls will be held within a 100 days. Forget the Lok Sabha results. Focus on our party, our candidate,” he said.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has asked the State Coordinator for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to remove the confusion over the status of refugees who came to Assam between 1966 and 1971 and add their names to the citizens’ list to be published by July 31.The midnight of March 24, 1971, is the cut-off for detecting, detaining and deporting illegal migrants under the 1985 Assam Accord, which was signed between the Centre and leaders of the Assam Agitation that took place between 1979 and 1985. The Accord stipulates that those who came from Bangladesh between 1966 and 1971 be barred from voting for 10 years before their citizenship is considered.A major stream of refugees entered India after the India-Pakistan war in 1965 and during the war for liberation of East Pakistan that resulted in the birth of Bangladesh in 1971.“There is a confusion over the status of those who entered India from the ‘specified territory’ between January 1, 1966, and March 24, 1971. Many people belonging to this category were identified by the Foreigners’ Tribunals and asked to register themselves with the competent authority,” CPI(M) leader Deben Bhattacharyya said in a letter to NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela on Friday.“A big number of such people registered themselves… They are very much eligible for inclusion in the NRC. But there prevails a lot of confusion among NRC officials in some areas over their eligibility…,” he said.The CPI(M) urged Mr. Hajela to order the inclusion of the people belonging to the 1966-1971 refugee stream in the NRC.