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Ahead of Gujarat election results, Hardik questions SC’s rejection of Congress’ VVPAT plea

The Patidar leader said if EVMs didn’t malfunction then BJP will lose the election.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2017 18:53 IST
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Hardik Patel addresses the media during a press conference in Ahmadabad on November 22.(AP File Photo)

Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Saturday questioned Supreme Court’s decision to reject Congress’ plea, seeking cross-verification of Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail with votes cast with Electronic Voting Machines and asked why they were used in the Gujarat elections.

“Why are VVPATs used in the first place? It is used for smooth counting of votes wherever there is a fault. I do not understand Supreme Court’s stand on the issue,” the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener told ANI.

He also said if EVMs were not tampered with then the exit polls’ results, which showed Bharatiya Janata Party’s victory in the state polls, would be proven wrong.

“I think exit polls’ results will be proven wrong. If EVMs do not malfunction then BJP will lose the election. I have 100 percent doubt on EVMs,” he said.

Patel’s statement comes a day after the apex court dismissed the Congress’ plea seeking directions to the Election Commission (EC) to count and cross verify at least 25 percent of VVPAT with votes cast with EVM.

On Friday, the apex court said it found no merit in Congress’ plea and asked that the Gujarat Congress could approach it through filing a writ petition for electoral reforms.

It further maintained that electoral process in a democracy was of utmost importance and the Supreme Court cannot interfere only to allay apprehension of a party.

The voting for the two-phase Gujarat Assembly election ended on Thursday and counting of votes will be held on December 18.

First Published: Dec 16, 2017 18:50 IST