BJP should contest with ballot papers: Thackeray

Uddhav Thackeray congratulated the BJP for its success in Karnataka polls and hoped that people of that state would now witness ‘acchhe din

Uddhav Thackeray congratulated the BJP for its success in Karnataka polls and hoped that people of that state would now witness ‘acchhe din

There are eight independents and one candidate each from Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, Bahujan Republican Socialist Party, Baliraja Party, Bahujan Mukti Party, Akhil Bharatiya Manavta Paksh, Ambedkarite Party of India, Gondvana Gantantra Party and Vidarbha Maza Party.

On the backdrop of Karnataka elections, where a tug-of-war can be seen between Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena said chief Raj Thackeray tweeted that this is a victory for the electronic voting machine.

Patil said BJP was losing popularity and therefore, NCP and Congress were working towards forging an alliance in future polls. "We just have one MLA in that state and can't do much", said Ambeth Rajan of BSP, which had tied up with JD (S).

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"There are apprehensions among political parties and the people over the misuse of EVMs to manipulate the outcome contrary to the popular verdict. The EC should think over this", Patil said.

As per the official data by Election Commission, BJP has bagged 45 seats and is leading in 61, while Congress trails second with victory on 22 seats and a lead on 53 seats.

Mumbai: As many as 25 candidates are in the fray for the by-elections to Bhandara-Gondia and Palghar Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra to be held on May 28.

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The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) termed the BJP's performance in Karnataka as "unbelievable" and claimed that the results were not in sync with the situation on the ground. He said election commission has to look into the matter and replace EVMs with paper ballot.

Reacting to the allegations, BJP's media department chief and Rajya Sabha MP, Anil Baluni, said:"Why is it that whenever BJP wins, these forces suddenly remember the EVM theory?"

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