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'Replace EVMs with paper ballot'

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Deanna Wagner | 17 May, 2018, 03:40

"If you (BJP) trust yourself, hold elections through ballot papers once", Uddhav Thackeray said, reacting to the Karnataka election results.

The Congress has chose to escalate its demand for restoration of ballot paper-based voting in future elections in the wake of allegations of tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs).

After several rounds of vote counting on Tuesday, the results showed that the BJP, riding high on the Narendra Modi wave and led by its chief Amit Shah, looked set to make a comeback in the southern state. "It is in national interest that the Congress and the JD (S) are coming together", said NCP leader DP Tripathi. But we haven't seen the Congress and the BJP following conventions in the last few years.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also took to Twitter and congratulated the victor of Karnataka polls.

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Mr Thackeray said in a press conference here that BJP is losing in by-elections and winning in elections. While Karnataka Assembly has 225 seats, voting takes place for 224 constituencies as one is a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community.

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

He claimed that the image of the BJP and its chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa was "not good" because of the allegations of corruption.

The BJP emerged as the single largest party today but fell nine seats short of a majority in Karnataka, while the Congress backed third-placed JD (S) for a post-poll alliance. The Congress has made a decision to tie up with the NCP in the bypolls. Before that, party leadership was in talks with Janata Dal for an alliance of the party. He contested from two seats - Chamundeshwari and Badami.