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Election 2019: Opposition united in condemning EVM

Abhishek Manu Singhvi and N Chandrababu Naidu accused the EVMs of making a mess of the election after a meeting of opposition parties

[pullquote]The issue of ‘malfunctioning’ EVM has sprung up again during this Lok Sabha election.

Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi and TDP president Chandrababu Naidu accused the EVMs of making a mess at a press conference held on Sunday after a meeting of opposition parties.

The opposition would move the Supreme Court against the EVM[/pullquote]

New Delhi: Following the voting of the first phase, opposition parties have once again raised the issue of EVM. Several major opposition parties held in the meeting in Delhi today, from which they emerged to question the EVM.

The opposition parties have once again talked about moving the Supreme Court on the issue of EVM. At least six opposition parties participated in the meeting. The parties advocated voting with the ballot paper.

The BJP has described the opposition’s decision as finding excuses in advance for a defeat that is staring them at the face.

After the meeting, TDP head N Chandrababu Naidu and Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi addressed a joint press conference to voice the grievance.

Naidu had approached the Election Commission on Saturday, complaining about the mess in EVM. He alleged that in the first phase of voting in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, more than 4,000 EVMs were found malfunctioning.

On Sunday, Naidu said, “We will move the Supreme Court again on the issue of EVM. There are very few countries which are using EVMs. If we want to win the confidence of the voters, we will have to go back to the ballot paper. ”

Congress to move Supreme Court against EVM

The press conference where they appealed to “Save the Constitution” was addressed by senior Congress leader Singhvi and former Union minister Kapil Sibal joined the Congress. Singhvi said, “After the first phase of the general election, questions have been raised on the EVM, we do not think the EC is giving enough attention to it. If you vote for the X party then the vote goes to the Y party. VVPAT is supposed to show the slip for 7 seconds, but it shows the slip only for three.”

Singhvi said, “Names of millions of voters were removed online without an investigation. The parties have given long lists to the Election Commission. It is now necessary that at least 50% of VVPAT trail be matched with votes. We will move the Supreme Court for this and we will fight against it all over the country.”

Naidu alleges EC’s taking Modi’s dictation

Before this, Naidu had requested the EC for re-election in nearly 150 polling stations in his State. He alleged that these polling booths had a problem with EVM machines.

Accusing the EC of following the government’s dictation, Naidu said, “The Election Commission is an independent body, but it is working at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government.”

On the alleged malfunctioning EVM units, Naidu said, ‘It is extremely worrisome and it is like a disaster for the country.”

For all reports related to the Lok Sabha election 2019, please visit this page.

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