Ajit Pawar contradicts party chief Sharad Pawar on EVM controversy

ST Correspondent 
Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Clarifying the point, Ajit Pawar said, if there was a manipulation in EVM, then how the BJP lost the recent assembly elections in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh

Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar has once again contradicted his uncle and party chief Sharad Pawar’s view concerning the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Sharad Pawar had questioned the functioning of EVMs on Monday in a party meeting. Ajit Pawar said that instead of wasting time on discussions about EVMs, workers have to focus on winning more seats in assembly. 

Both leaders were addressing the party cadre on the occasion of a convention of NCP ‘s 20th anniversary. Sharad Pawar said it needed to be figured out what exactly transpired after a voter pressed the button against the name of a party candidate of his choice and whether it got reflected on the VVPAT. Ajit Pawar asked NCP workers not to waste their time in thinking over the outcome of the general elections, but to focus on winning more seats for the party in assembly polls. 

In Maharashtra, the NDA combine won 41 out of total 48 Lok Sabha seats, while the NCP managed to retain four. The NCP chief further said that the people are not feeling that their vote for a particular candidate did not reflect in the final tally.  “People might keep quiet now, but they may take law into their hands. This should not be allowed to happen. We have to preserve democracy,” he added. 

Clarifying the point, Ajit Pawar said, if there was a manipulation in EVM, then how the BJP lost the recent assembly elections in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. 

‘In Telangana, the TRS formed government, where the daughter of its Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao lost the Lok Sabha seat. How come the EVM is fine when you get elected and blame it when you lose the poll?” Ajit Pawar asked. 

“The voters made their mind to re-elect Narendra Modi as Prime Minister,” said Ajit Pawar. “Instead of talking and thinking on these issues, we have to work on how to win the assembly election,” he said. 

NCP leader Dhananjay Munde, who was also present, alleged that the BJP’s win is a victory of “EVM manipulation”.  Maharashtra NCP President Jayant Patil claimed that even those who campaigned for the BJP were wondering how NDA polled a large number of votes. 

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