Published: 30th November 2019
This man from Uttarakhand has covered 6,500 km and is walking further to seek ban on EVMs
Onkar Singh Dhillon is fighting against using EVMs during elections and promotes using ballot paper instead
Meet Onkar Singh Dhillon who has walked 6,500 km from Rudrapur in Uttarakhand to seven other states before he reached Bengaluru two days ago. And he is not doing it to complete his fitness goals. He has a cause to fight for and a message to convey to the people across all the states in India. He walks with the National flag attached to an ice-cream trolley that has stickers which says 'Ban EVMs' — his only mission.
He says, "In the recent Lok Sabha elections, I got to hear and read news of EVMs being tampered. The BJP led government has done so leading to people losing their faith in democracy. It all depends on the software programme that these EVMs consist. They can be manipulated easily and one cannot make out if the officials or government are cheating on us. Whereas in the ballot paper, one can easily make out if the government or officials are cheating on them. And the necessary actions can be taken for it."
Dhillon who started his journey from Uttar Pradesh has been to Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarath, Maharashtra, and now will be moving to Chennai, Andra Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar, West Bengal and finally reach Delhi. He says, "I walk 35 kilometres every day and halt sometimes at my friends' home or they make an arrangement for me to stay. During this journey of 104 days, I have come across all types of people including good and bad. I remember that I was attacked thrice in Ajmer by a few commoners who said that I am doing wrong and must support the ideas of PM Modi. I had to complain at the police station and get them arrested for this act."