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Karnataka: NCP, Thackeray cousins doubt EVMs

IANS  |  Mumbai 

BJP ally and opposition Party (NCP) and the Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Tuesday raised doubts regarding electronic voting machines (EVMs) after the Assembly election results were declared.

A vehement opponent of EVMs since long, MNS gave a terse reaction on the verdict: "This is the victory of EVMs.

"I congratulate all the winners in Karnataka, whether it is the or the Congress," said

However, he said that since the mystery of the EVMs was not yet resolved, it was necessary to remove all doubts by going for ballot paper voting.

"If the BJP is so confident, then let it take a decision once and for all and announce ballot paper voting all over Even the Opposition shall be silenced," Thackeray said.

The NCP headed by wondered "how the BJP could get so many votes in those constituencies where it was very weak in

"This has raised doubts on the EVMs role. The must take note of the people's fears about EVMs and go in for ballot paper voting. It may be a little time-consuming, but it will help clear all apprehensions. So the ECI must consider this," the NCP said.

Attacking the BJP, Uddhav added that "its horses win in the state elections but lose in all the bye-elections."

In this context, he asserted that the Sena candidate will win the upcoming May 28 Lok Sabha bye-polls in Palghar.

He said the BJP has won the state where it was not in power but the opinion of the people in the states which have experienced BJP rule may be different.

The Sena has been a vehement opponent of EVMs since long. After the Karnataka results, it has reiterated its proposal for a return to the traditional ballot paper voting.



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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 17:46 IST