Prominent Opposition leaders in Maharashtra termed the Lok Sabha polls result as 'shocking' as they raised concern over the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
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BSP chief Mayawati alleged that the people's faith in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) had dwindled to worrisome level.
The Opposition parties have repeatedly questioned the credibility of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), especially when the results haven't gone in their favour.
This is for the first time in a Lok Sabha election that results of voting machines will be matched with slips generated by paper trail machines.
'It is a black day for democracy and it is very sad and unfortunate for an institution like the Election Commission,' Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters.
The complaint is registered against eight Twitter account holders including AAP leader and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh, journalist Swati Chaturvedi.
'When you win, EVMs are alright. But when you lose, allegations about EVM manipulation arise. This kind of pessimistic attitude of the opposition will hurt the Constitution,' Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan hits out at the Opposition.
On Tuesday, leaders of 22 opposition parties met Election Commission and asked it to ensure transparency and fairness in the counting process by verifying EVM results with VVPATs.
Senior BJP leader, Naqvi claimed that opposition parties, after becoming alienated from the masses, are now involved in a conspiracy to defame the main pillar of Indian democracy, by raising questions on the credible and transparent election process of the country.
Udit Raj had switched from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to the Congress just before the Lok Sabha elections 2019.
"The BJP condemns their (opposition) conduct and will tell humbly to accept their defeat with grace," Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
During the meeting with the Election Commission officials, the opposition leaders demanded transparency and fairness in counting of votes.
Over the past 24 hours, several videos showing the movement of EVMs have surfaced online, raising suspicion among people that the voting machines could be tampered with.
Mukerjee in a statement on twitter, said there should be “no room for speculations that challenge the very basis of our democracy”.
Reacting to exit polls predicting a clear majority for the BJP-led NDA in the next Lok Sabha, Mufti said, that a poll victory of the saffron party should not deter the resolve of people to fight for what is right.
The Supreme Court dismissed a PIL seeking 100 per cent matching of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during counting of votes on May 23 for Lok Sabha polls.
The Election Commission said the allegations were ‘frivolous’ and ‘baseless’ and that protocol was being followed ahead of counting of votes on May 23.
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