Amid the meeting of the delegation of the 21 Opposition parties led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu at Election Commission to meet EC officials over their concerns about Electronic Voting Machines and the VVPAT (Voter Verified Paper Trail Machines), RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha said that if Opposition's allegations of rigged EVM is correct, then their party supporters will raise arms and ammunition.
While speaking to Republic TV, Kushwaha said:
"Efforts are being made to loot results of Lok Sabha elections 2019. If this happens then even if we have to raise arms and ammunition, we will do it. If there is any bloodshed than the government will be responsible. We will try to save democracy. I appeal to party workers to be alert on booth. All exit polls have failed."
Commenting on the threat by Bihar's gathbandhan ally of Congress, Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the Congress party does not support violence and people should ask Kushwaha to explain his statement.
Meanwhile, former President Pranab Mukherjee has released a statement following remarks in the role of the poll panel in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, saying the elections were conducted "perfectly".
Taking to Twitter, Pranab Mukherjee stated that he is concerned at the reports of alleged tampering of voters' verdict.
"The safety and security of EVMs which are in custody of ECI is the responsibility of the Commission. There can be no room for speculations that challenge the very basis of our democracy," the former President said in the statement.
Following the projections of the Exit Polls on Sunday which predicted a second term for the Narendra Modi government, several leaders from the Opposition parties stepped up its criticism of the poll panel. 21 parties of the opposition have submitted a memorandum before the EC, requesting that the verification of VVPAT slips of randomly identified (05) polling stations should be done prior to the initiation of counting of votes & not after the completion of last round of counting.
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