Rahul Gandhi exhorted that the Congress workers should not feel discouraged by the publicity through fake exit polls that predict PM Narendra Modi’s BJP will win the election again.
By Rakesh Raman
After a virtual hibernation of a couple of days, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has appeared again. Today, in a Twitter message, he asked party workers to stay alert as the next 24 hours – before the counting for Lok Sabha election votes begins – are crucial.
He also exhorted that the Congress workers should not feel discouraged by the publicity through fake exit polls that predict PM Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will win the election again.
“कांग्रेस पार्टी के प्रिय कार्यकर्ताओं, अगले 24 घंटे महत्वपूर्ण हैं। सतर्क और चौकन्ना रहें। डरे नहीं। आप सत्य के लिए लड़ रहे हैं । फर्जी एग्जिट पोल के दुष्प्रचार से निराश न हो। खुद पर और कांग्रेस पार्टी पर विश्वास रखें, आपकी मेहनत बेकार नहीं जाएगी। जय हिन्द।राहुल गांधी,” Rahul Gandhi said in his message.
कांग्रेस पार्टी के प्रिय कार्यकर्ताओं ,
अगले 24 घंटे महत्वपूर्ण हैं। सतर्क और चौकन्ना रहें। डरे नहीं। आप सत्य के लिए लड़ रहे हैं । फर्जी एग्जिट पोल के दुष्प्रचार से निराश न हो। खुद पर और कांग्रेस पार्टी पर विश्वास रखें, आपकी मेहनत बेकार नहीं जाएगी।
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 22, 2019
Although the results of the election will be declared Thursday, May 23, BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has started planning for the next 5 years of Modi government. A meeting was held by the leaders of NDA parties on Tuesday, May 21, at New Delhi to celebrate the party’s victory in the just-concluded Lok Sabha election.
It is largely believed that BJP has tampered with the electronic voting machines (EVMs) to win the election. Most opposition parties are complaining aggressively about the frauds on EVMs that might help BJP win.
The leaders of 22 opposition parties– that represent over 75% of Indian voters – met the Election Commission of India (ECI) – to complain about manipulations of EVMs that are supposed to favor BJP.
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The opposition parties that have been constantly opposing EVMs include Congress, All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Communist Party of India (CPI-M), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and others.
It is also being observed that when EVMs malfunction in different elections, they vote only in favor of Modi’s BJP which runs with Lotus election symbol.
However, the ECI – which is working in a dubious manner – has dismissed the complaints of opposition leaders who submitted a memorandum to the ECI on Tuesday. They have urged that the verification of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips of randomly identified 5 polling booths should be done before starting the counting of votes and not after the completion of last round of counting.
In the memorandum, the opposition leaders also have demanded that if any discrepancy is found anywhere during the VVPAT verification, 100% counting of paper slips of VVPATs of all polling stations of that assembly segment should be done.
While the ECI has not given any firm commitment, it is expected that ECI which is controlled by the Modi government will not comply and BJP will be declared the winning party.
If that happens, the opposition leaders may reject the election result and start a nationwide campaign to get the Lok Sabha election conducted again on paper ballots. This is quite possible.
By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.
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