Today, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had his post-election meetings in Kolkata with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Mr. Naidu said, “We discussed politics. We even requested her to come to Delhi for meeting the Election Commission”. He also stated that the opposition parties may meet the Election Commission on Wednesday with a wishlist and concerns about EVMS.
After the last phase of the National election ends on Sunday, the exit polls predicted a comfortable comeback for the BJP though Both Mr. Naidu and Mamata Banerjee have rubbished the exit polls. Mr. Naidu is holding meetings with various leaders including Rahul and Sonia Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati, Sharad Yadav, Arvind Kejriwal, and the Left.
Today, Mr. Naidu has asked, “Now we are asking — if there is any discrepancy then you have to go for total counting of that assembly segment. Why you are delaying? Why you are avoiding?”
He claimed that all EVMs should be attached to VVPAT machines. “People are all over the world are talking of EVM manipulation” he pointed out. “We are asking that there is an EVM, there is VVPAT… Whenever you press EVM (button), the printer will print a ballot indicating a name and the choice of party symbol. The voter can take and check and deposit it in the ballot box,” he said.
In his blog today, Union Minister Arun Jaitley wrote: “Exit Polls are based on personal interviews. The EVMs have no role. If the results of the Exit Polls and final results on the 23rd May 2019 are in the same direction, the Opposition’s fake issue of the EVMs would also lose its non-existent rationale.”