Making shocking allegations about malfunctioning EVMs, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, on Friday, has said that in a presentation while he cast his vote for NCP, the vote allegedly went to the lotus, while addressing a press conference in Satara district in Maharashtra.
"I have personally experienced the functioning of the EVMs. I am concerned about the EVMs because, during a presentation in Hyderabad and Gujarat, when I was told to press a button on the EVM, I have seen that when I pressed on the clock symbol (NCP's party logo) on the EVM, the vote went to the lotus (BJP symbol)," said Pawar.
Earlier on Tuesday, in a major setback to the Opposition which had filed a petition in the Supreme Court demanding verification of 50% VVPAT slips in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, the apex court had dismissed the plea after a short hearing stating that there will be no increase in the VVPAT verification from its current 5% verification of VVPAT slips.
Twenty-one Opposition parties led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had jointly demanded 50% counting of VVPAT or Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls should be done, citing the 'unreliability' of the EVMs in a joint press brief to 'Save Democracy.'
While the Opposition has accepted the Supreme Court's decision while addressing the media, they have vowed to continue their fight to ensure free and fair elections by stating that the Election Commission hasn't yet implemented the 5% verification order in the correct manner and that they will be taking it up with the poll body.
Meanwhile, The NCP Chief had decided not to contest the Lok Sabha polls which have led to a lot of speculation amongst political camps in Maharashtra with PM Modi alleging that 'the people of the country have forced Pawar to run, leaving the (election) ground.'
Pawar too had hit out at PM Modi saying that Opposition parties and people have the right to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi what happened to the development model promised by him and the BJP while addressing an election rally for NCP candidate from Thane Anand Paranjpe.
Polling for all parliamentary constituencies in Maharashtra was held in the first four phases of the Lok Sabha elections till April 29. Results expected on May 23.