Are Opposition parties gearing up for violent protests if Lok Sabha result goes in favour of the NDA alliance? The Ministry of Home Affairs on May 22 alerted the states and Union territories on the possibility of eruption of violence in different parts of the country. The Ministry has asked them to bolster security of strong rooms (where EVMS are stored) and counting venues.
The alert comes in the wake warnings of bloodshed and taking up of arms from Opposition quarters, “if EVMs are found tampered with”. In Bihar, RSLP chief Upendra Kushwah, whose party is in alliance with the Congress and RJD is reported as saying, “There is tremendous public anger and blood may spill on the streets, for which we shall not be held responsible.”
At the same time, former RJD leader and Independent candidate from Buxar Lok Sabah seat, Ramchander Yadav brandished a gun before media, threatening bloodshed if results go against them.
Such elements are apparently encouraged by veteran leaders from major political parties. Look at Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s response to Election Commission’s decision to stick with the laid out procedures on EVM counting.
His statement accuses the Election Commission of eradicating the credibility of EVM, and making the device as BJP’s victory machinery. His party colleague Udit Raj, a recent import from the BJP, has asked if the Supreme Court is part of poll rigging in favour of the ruling party, after the apex court rejected yet another plea over EVM
AM Singhvi: Is it because 'Chunav Achar Sanhita' has become 'Modi Prachar Sanhita'? Won't you do anything for credibility of EVMs? Will you make EVMs 'Electronic Victory Machines' for BJP? Is it because EC stands for 'Enfeebled Commission', 'Eradicated/Eliminated' Credibility'? pic.twitter.com/6Q4lV9JyTW
To make the matter worse, a section of media is engaged in spirited campaigns against the Election Commission. Is there a sinister plan to instigate people to protest against the results as Exit Polls predicted a BJP-led NDA victory?
K Chandrashekhar Rao and HD Kumaraswamy (credit: Republic and Wikipedia)
Will Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) side with the Congress in the event of a fractured mandate in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections? Contrary to the speculations that he would extend his party’s (Telangana Rashtriya Samiti) support to the NDA, in case the BJP-led coalition falls short of majority, KCR is reportedly seeking to mend ties with the Congress that leads the UPA.
According to The New Indian Express, KCR has had a hush-hush conversation with Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and sought his help to forge an alliance with the Congress, which is the coalition partner with Kumaraswamy’s JDS in the state.
In a quid pro quo, KCR is believed to have promised the stability of JDS-Congress government in Karnataka.
Along with the MPs from his party, KCR is also reported to have offered the support of the parliamentarians from Jagan Mohan Reddy’s party in Andhra Pradesh.
KCR has already met with Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and tried to approach DMK chief MK Stalin in Tamil Nadu in a bid to forge a federal front. In the meanwhile, his confidant and sitting TRS MP from Karimnagar has reportedly said that the Lok Sabha elections would end up in propping up a United Front like government (led by regional parties and supported by the Congress).
The supposed conversation between KCR and Kumaraswamy comes at a time when local media in Karnataka are speculating intensely about the longevity of JDS-Congress government in the state post May 23, the result day.
It is believed that the Congress with 80 MLAs has let the JDS (which has 38 MLAs) lead the government, only to prevent the BJP from winning a significant number of seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.