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'Replace EVMs with paper ballot'

'Replace EVMs with paper ballot'

Mr Thackeray reacted to the results of Karnataka Assembly elections. Therefore, everyone who is sceptical about EVMs roll in election, should be removed by contesting elections using ballot paper by BJP, instead of EVMs, he said. But I wonder to see the BJP's performance in that state. In such a scenario, HD Deve Gowda's JD (S) is likely to emerge as a kingmaker since its support would be crucial in government formation in Karnataka. According to sources, the Congress wants to ensure that the BJP is stalled from setting up government in Bengaluru ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as it will deal a blow to Opposition morale.

Counting of votes began at 8 a.m. for 222 out of 224 assembly constituencies in 58,546 polling stations in the state.

He claimed that the image of the BJP and its chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa was "not good" because of the allegations of corruption.

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A total of 2,654 candidates, including 216 women candidates were in the fray for the Assembly Elections this year. While the NCP will contest the Bhandara-Gondia seat, the Congress will fight the Palghar seat.

"If the Congress party wins the #KarnatakaElection, everyone will know Modi wave is over & ppl are fed up of them, but in case BJP wins, we must question election commission with the authenticity of EVM's & whether they are hack proof", Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had earlier said. His switching over party would help the BJP in spreading its social base, senior BJP leaders have said.

Elections come and go, he added when asked about the Karnataka elections being the first major poll battle after Rahul Gandhi became Congress president.