New Delhi: Days after the Election Commission announced dates for Lok Sabha Elections 2019, 21 Opposition parties have approached the Supreme Court, seeking verification of 50 per cent votes by paper trials before the declaration of the results on May 23. The court will hear their petitions tomorrow.
The parties that approached the apex court include the Congress, Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Left parties, Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and others.
Last month, the leaders of several opposition parties had approached the poll panel and sought redressal of the issue of alleged tampering of EVMs. “To bring transparency to election process we should go back to paper ballot but due to time constraint, we are demanding that 50 per cent of VVPATs should be counted at random and be tallied with EVMs,” Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had said then.
A few days back, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora had lambasted political parties for expressing apprehensions on the working of electronic voting machines and said that EVMs are treated like a ‘football’, based on the poll results.
“Sorry to say we have made EVMs a football, if result is X,EVM is good if result is Y EVM is not good as if EVM is voting. It’s you and I who are voting,so no point in going over this again,” Arora said, while addressing a press conference.
He added,” We have been using EVMs for more than 2 decades, very strange even if you take from 2014 onwards, there was a LS poll in Delhi, there was X result, some political entity won. Then in Delhi Assembly polls, another political entity won with heavy margin. After that there were many polls. Karnataka and 5 states, everywhere results different.”