Get back to ballot paper system in forthcoming elections: NCP


The Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and other opposition parties have already knocked at the doors of the President and the election commission, alleging rigging of voting machines after the BJP's unexpectedly massive victory in Uttar Pradesh elections in 2017.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray agreed with his cousin. "If you (BJP) trust yourself, hold elections through ballot papers once", Uddhav said, reacting to the election results. The election in Jayanagar segment was countermanded in the wake of the demise of BJP candidate BN Vijaya Kumar on May 4.

"Ground reports in Karnataka about Congress were good". Such (convention-based) decisions were not taken in Goa and Manipur (where hung assemblies emerged after polls).

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The governor would find himself in a quandary if the Congress and the JD (S) join hands and establish that they have support of 116 MLAs, he said, describing the Congress's decision to back the latter as a "cunning move".

For the Palus Kadegaon assembly bypoll, Vishwajit Kadam is the lone candidate in fray after BJP withdrew its nominee. Among the candidates are four sitting and former chief ministers - the current CM Siddaramaiah, former BJP chief ministers BS Yeddyurappa and Jagdish Shettar, and JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy. While the BJP is contesting in all 224 seats, the Congress put up candidates in 222 and the JDS in 201 seats. Days have come when people should not predict election results.

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". He contested from two seats - Chamundeshwari and Badami.