While the counting of votes for the Telangana assembly election 2018 is underway, the fate of 1,821 candidates in the fray. In the light of the trends which are predicting TRS to form the government in the state yet again, the Telangana Congress Committee, on Tuesday, submitted a letter to the chief electoral officer requesting counting of VVPAT (Voter-verified paper audit trail) papers in all assembly segments of the state.
In the letter, submitted by G Niranjan, convenor of TPCC's election commission committee to Rajat Kumar Telangana's chief electoral officer, the party has alleged manipulation in the EVMs.
"The counting of votes in Telangana State is going on now and the distorted trends in the counting of EVM machines, there is a strong suspicion that EVM machines have been manipulated. The EVM machines showing trends which are far away from ground realities. The Congress party request that 100% counting of VVPAT papers should be taken up in all Assembly constituencies of Telangana prior to the declaration of the results," reads the letter.
Have a read at the letter here:
In the very first election of the state in 2014, Telangana Rashtra Samithi's (TRS) K Chandrasekhar Rao won handsomely, managing a clear majority with 63 seats, and hence becoming the first ever CM of the state. However, time around, the stakes are high for KCR, more so given that he pre-dated the polls, which were supposed to happen in 2019, by dissolving the assembly earlier this year. Though, it seems like a masterstroke by him, given the early indications prior to the counting suggests that he may very well get a second term. Yet, despite the exit polls indicating a majority, the ground reality for TRS is somewhat different.