Karnataka Polls 2018: Subramanian Swamy laughs off Congress' questions on EVM functioning

Clay Curtis
May 16, 2018

NCP's state president Jayant Patil expressed suspicions about the functioning of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM). "If you (BJP) trust yourself, hold elections through ballot papers once", Uddhav said, reacting to the election results. BSP supremo Mayawati is also believed to be in favour of a Congress-JD (S) alliance in Karnataka to keep the BJP out. They were also getting good response in its campaign.

After several rounds of vote counting on Tuesday, the results showed that the BJP, riding high on the Narendra Modi wave and led by its chief Amit Shah, looked set to make a comeback in the southern state. "There is a difference between what was in people's mind and the situation that has emerged", Patil said.

As per the official data by Election Commission, BJP has bagged 45 seats and is leading in 61, while Congress trails second with victory on 22 seats and a lead on 53 seats. Party's national spokesperson D.P. Tripathi had declared the support to grand old party.

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However, the BJP can stake claim to form government on "moral grounds" as it is the single largest party, said Raut, whose party is in an uneasy alliance with the saffron party in Maharashtra and at the Centre. But, according to sources, after Congress leadership personally intervened and discussed with NCP leadership, latter made a decision to walk out from an alliance and support Congress.

Talking to mediapersons here after the declaration of results of Karnataka assembly elections, Mr Patil said, "People do not believe in EVMs and numerous prominent people in the country are talking about possibility of tampering of EVMs in favour of a particular party".

"This is a victory for the Electronic Voting Machine", he tweeted. Mr Thackeray is continuously raising doubts over functioning of EVM for quiet some time.

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