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EVM count and VVPAT slips tally 100%, Opposition goes silent

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Even after the severe electoral drubbing in the hands of the BJP and its alliance partners (which won 352/542), none of the 21 Opposition parties, which had made a huge hue and cry over the reliability of Electronics Voting Machines, has blamed its defeat on the voting machine. For, none of them came across any mismatch between the votes registered in the EVMs and the paper trails in the corresponding VVPAT machines.

The Election Commission data also shows that VVPAT slips and the EVM count match was 100% as not single case of mismatch was reported from any corner of the country.

In the just completed elections to elect lawmakers for the 17th Lok Sabha, as many as 17.3 lakh VVPATs were used. Voters could see the paper trail of their vote immediately after voting. The Opposition wanted 50% of them matched with EVMs, but the Supreme Court had just raised the count to 5 machines against 1 (as done in the previous election) in each assembly segment. Hence, 20,625 VVPAT slips was to be matched as against 4,125 VVPAT slips in the 2014 elections.

But a day before counting, Opposition parties demanded with the EC that the matching should be taken up first and if any mismatch occurred, there should be 100%  physical count VVPAT slips. The demand, though, was rejected.

Now with 100% match between VVPAT slips and EVM counts in 5 booths from each assembly segment, political parties need to rest their case against the voting machine.

Incidentally, Telugu Desam Party, headed by Chandra Babu Naidu, who aggressively led the anti-EVM campaign, has been routed in both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in his home state Andra Pradesh. It emerged winner in only 3 LS seats (out of 25) and 23 Assembly seats (out of 175).

At the same time, Trinamool Congress of Mamata Banerjee, another strident voice against EVM could retain only 22 LS seats (out of 42) against her hope of improving the tally of 34 seats, won in 2014.

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Congress scouring for a safe seat for Rahul Gandhi?

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Rahul Gandhi (Image credit: India TV)

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) on Saturday joined the chorus to invite Congress president Rahul Gandhi to contest the Lok Sabha poll from a southern state.

TNCC president KS Alagiri is quoted by media as saying that Rahul Gandhi in the poll fray from the state would help bridge the divide between the North and the South, which he said “has increased during the five year period of the BJP government led by Narendra Modi.”

On Friday, Karnataka Congress had put out a similar call on Twitter with the hash tag #RaGaFromKarnataka.

From former chief minister Siddaramaiah to current Dy CM G Parameshwar, several Congress leaders took to the social media site to trend the hash tag.

One of the tweets read: “Two important leaders Indira Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi contested from the state, tasted success & helped India move forward! In this spirit of development, we say yes tom #RagaFromKarnataka for #Elections 2019. Karnatka will be proud to be the state represented by our future PM! (sic)”.

The fact, however, was both Indira Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi came down to Karnataka at a time when the Congress was on a shaky ground in the North.

Does it mean the Congress is convinced that Amethi is no longer safe for Rahul Gandhi? Is the party scouring for a safe seat for its own president?