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Modi didn’t defeat us, EVMs did, claims Prakash Ambedkar

Prakash Ambedkar after addressing a press conference in Dadar on Friday.

Prakash Ambedkar after addressing a press conference in Dadar on Friday.   | Photo Credit: Prashant Nakwe

VBA to approach EC, move courts over vote share discrepancy

Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) chief Prakash Ambedkar said on Friday that he and his party members will take up the issue of faulty EVMs with the Election Commission of India (ECI) and will also move court on the matter.

Mr. Ambedkar was addressing a press conference in Dadar, where he also announced the allocation of new posts to party members. “We will be approaching the ECI on June 25 to demand appropriate reasons and solutions for the fluctuation in the vote count [in the general elections]. If it fails to provide an answer, we will request it to revert to the ballot paper voting system,” he said.

Mr. Ambedkar has been vocal about the alleged fluctuations in the vote share in various constituencies in Maharashtra. “In the 47 Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra, there is around a 40% of difference between the results and the polling rate. In some constituencies, the result count is more than the votes polled,” he said.

He said the differences in the results and the votes have been observed despite the ECI claiming that the EVM cannot be tampered with and is an absolutely accurate device.

“We need a government that wins hearts, not one that conquers machines. This is a social issue and it must be taken up by all political parties. [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi didn’t defeat us, EVMs did,” he said.

The VBA will also file several petitions in the regional high courts as well as an individual petition in the Supreme Court, demanding a solution to the situation.

With the Assembly elections approaching, questions are also being raised with respect to the party’s alliance with other political parties. “We are open to alliances with the Congress. But first we need to know our party status in the alliance, as we had been called the ‘B’ team of the BJP. We don’t see a problem with the AIMIM,” Mr. Ambedkar said.

He also named Gopichand Padalkar as the chief general secretary of the VBA, while Dhanraj Vanjari was named the new vice president.

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