Vastavam web: Claiming that there were 100 per cent chances for hacking Electronic Voting Machines, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Saturday warned that democracy could not be sacrificed to hackers. He demanded that the Election Commission of India either ensure VVPAT receipts were issued 100 per cent or revert to the old ballot paper system. Addressing a meeting of Telugu Desam Party MPs here, he noted that anybody could misuse technology.
Stating that people were the main partners in elections, he said enhancing faith in the people was democracy. “Political parties are only raising the people’s demand. Many parties are opposed to the EVMs. Even developed countries have not been using EVMs and hence the EC should not exert pressure on using a system in which there is no faith,” Chandrababu added.
Meanwhile, the TDP opposed the Centre’s reported move to introduce a full Budget for the 2019-20 financial year. Chandrababu asked his MPs to exert pressure on the Centre to make it introduce only a vote-on-account budget. “It’s wrong in a democracy for a government, which has a mandate (left) only for two months, to present a budget for the next 10 months as well.