BJP should contest with ballot papers: Thackeray


NCP's state president Jayant Patil expressed suspicions about the functioning of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM).

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

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"I believe if the Congress and the JD (S) prove that they have support of 116 MLAs and the governor still does not give them the opportunity to form government, its reverberations might be seen in Parliament and it may be disrupted for several days", Raut told reporters here. They were also getting good response in its campaign. "There is a difference between what was in people's mind and the situation that has emerged", Patil said. The Ballot unit consists of the labels, as buttons that signify the parties contesting the elections, and whichever the individual prefers, he or she has to push that button. He also said, "The doubts about EVM are serious". Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is facing a tough battle to ensure Congress returns to power. Before that, party leadership was in talks with Janata Dal for an alliance of the party. So, Mr Patil raising doubts over BJP getting highest seats is being seen on this backdrop.

Mr Thackeray said in a press conference here that BJP is losing in by-elections and winning in elections.

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In a tweet, the Karnataka BJP said specifically that voters repudiated the Grand Old Party's "corruption, nepotism, and dynasty politics" - that final barb an obvious reference to the Nehru-Gandhi family, which has controlled the Congress for most of India's post-independence history. He expressed his reaction just after the BJP passed the half way mark of numbers on trends.

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