After the Supreme Court rejecting the Opposition's demands for 50% verification of VVPATs and the unfavourable exit polls with respect to the Opposition released on Sunday, Congress leader Udit Raj, on Tuesday has slammed both the EC and the SC for their judgment and processes respectively citing EC commissioner Ashok Lavasa's revolt against the EC.
"One EC commissioner himself is revolting against the Commission. When 22 parties filed a petition in the Supreme Court to increase the VVPAT verification percentage, it was rejected citing delay in the poll counting. When you take 3 months to conduct polls during the time when the government is inactive how is the delay by 1-2 days matter? I am raising concerns and not allegations against the SC," he said.
Referring to the press conference held by the senior-most SC judges in January 2018 raising concerns regarding the cases assigned by the then CJI Dipak Misra and the independence of the apex body itself, he added:
"Allegations were made by those who had arranged a press conference claiming that the independence of the SC was under threat. What credibility do these judges have as they have themselves questioned the SC? Hence, out of concern, I am requesting the SC to grant the Oppositions demand of verifying upto 50% of the VVPAT slips."
Condemning the seven-phase election which has concluded on Sunday, he alleged that people were alluding to the EC as 'Chuna Aayog (EC)'.
"As it is the matter of democracy and governance for five years, delay of 1-2 days doe not matter. The elections itself held in seven phases is unheard of. People are now calling the 'Chunav Aayog (EC)' a 'Chuna Aayog (Fraudulant commission)'. Ashok Lavasa himself is saying so," said Raj.
In response, the Union Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has hit out saying the Opposition finds the EVM selectively faulty.
"When they win Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh the EVM is fine. When Mamataji and Kejriwal win EVM is fine. But id BJP wins, EVM is faulty. What is the meaning of this? They are just finding a reason to justify their defeat," said Prasad.
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.
The consortium of 22 parties of the Opposition, led by Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu 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.