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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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Naidu, Mamata to protest over EVMs as exit polls predict majority for NDA?

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Chandrababu Naidu and Mamata Banerjee (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Telugu Desam Party leader and Andra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu seems busy seeking support from Opposition parties to revolt against the Lok Sabha 2019 results on May 23, if the verdict goes in favour of the ruling NDA alliance.

Naidu is reported to have had proposed to the Opposition parties that a memorandum, with the declaration of an intent to form a coalition government, should be submitted to President Ramnath Kovind. In the past few days, he has met with Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, BSP supremo Mayawati and NCP chief Sharad Pawar. However, parties such as the CPM is reported to have expressed reservation against such move.

After exit polls on May 19 predicted a certain return of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister while significantly varying in seat projections (from 277 to 350), Naidu has stepped up his efforts to strategise future course of actions. He raised questions over the reliability of EVMs once again, and rushed to Kolkata to meet West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on May 20.

Predicted to lose his state (according to most exist polls), Naidu is said to have discussed EVM with Mamata Banerjee. She had, anyways, dismissed the exit poll projections. Her tweet read: “I don’t trust Exit Poll gossip. The game plan is to manipulate or replace thousands of EVMs through this gossip. I appeal to all Opposition parties to be united, strong and bold. We will fight this battle together”.

Apparently, if the actual result proves the exit poll projection right on May 23, expect Mamata-Naidu led show down over EVMS.