July 20, 2019
Mamata Banerjee’s message on the eve of 21st July
Today afternoon, Trinamool Congress Chairperson Mamata Banerjee went to Dharmatala to check on the preparations for tomorrow’s rally.
Here are excerpts of what she said on the occasion:
As this 21st July is a Sunday, a lot of our supporters who can afford to come on a working day will not be able to make it.
The BJP has pulled the strings from behind and not even 30 per cent of the normal number of trains will run tomorrow.
This is not desirable. Every political party can have their own political programmes. This is our annual programme to honour the martyrs.
I am in favour of electoral reforms and have been fighting for it since 1995. If we have to stop the flow of black money, save democracy and ensure transparency of political parties during elections, then electoral reforms are a must.
State funding of political parties is of utmost need to bring about the required electoral reforms. Why should parties raise money? Why should there be black money?
Several of the countries that had introduced EVMs for elections, like England, USA, Germany and France, have gone back to ballots.
Since there are so many complaints, why not bring back ballots?
Therefore, we are saying: ‘Save democracy – we want ballots, not questionable EVMs. Let us go back to ballots.