Uddhav Thackeray dares BJP to fight polls with ballot

Uddhav Thackeray

Uddhav Thackeray dares BJP to fight polls with ballot

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday challenged the BJP to hold elections through ballot papers to clear doubts over the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs). "It is in national interest that the Congress and the JD (S) are coming together", said NCP leader DP Tripathi. This means it will be a four-way fight with the Shiv Sena, BJP, Congress and local outfit Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) trying to make a cut in a contest that is very crucial for the BJP, because every contestant wants to beat it. "However, the situation in Karnataka is different as it is a bigger state", Raut said.

He claimed that the image of the BJP and its chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa was "not good" because of the allegations of corruption. "This result should be analysed properly", he said.

Electronic Voting Machines were implemented in India in 1999. The Ballot unit consists of the labels, as buttons that signify the parties contesting the elections, and whichever the individual prefers, he or she has to push that button. "Every political party should contemplate where the country is headed", Congress general secretary Mohan Prakash said. "The EC should think over this", Patil said.

"I believe if the Congress and the JD (S) prove that they have support of 116 MLAs and the governor still does not give them the opportunity to form government, its reverberations might be seen in Parliament and it may be disrupted for several days", Raut told reporters here.

Election in Bengaluru's Raja Rajeshwari (RR) Nagar was postponed to 28 May due to seizure of voter ID cards and countermanded in the city's Jayanagar seat due to the death of BJP candidate and MLA BN Vijaya Kumar on 4 May.

For the Palus Kadegaon assembly bypoll, Vishwajit Kadam is the lone candidate in fray after BJP withdrew its nominee.

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