NEW DELHI: Ruling Bhartiya Janta Party’s Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Wednesday said that the Opposition led by Congress wanted to discredit democracy by questioning the credibility of electronic voting machines (EVM).
The glamour of victory and grace in defeat should be two sides of the same coin for those who believe in democracy, Naqvi, Minister for Minority Affairs told reporters.
The way Congress and its allies are putting on a horror show over their defeat, according to him, would make it clear that such political parties want to make the country’s democratic and constitutional system a means of convenience.
The Congress-led Opposition parties such as the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samajwadi Party, Trinamool Congress, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam or DMK were alleging EVM malpractices influenced by the BJP.
More than 20 Opposition parties have also demanded the Election Commission of India (ECI) to first match the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) with the EVM tally before starting the counting exercise on May 23.
On Wednesday, the Election Commission has rejected their demand saying it could not change the counting procedure.
Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi in a tweet asked party workers to be cautious, after her sister Priyanka Gandhi posted an audio clip claiming exit polls as fake.
“The next 24 hours are important. Be alert and vigilant. Don’t be afraid. You are fighting for the truth. Don’t be disheartened by what the fake exit polls are propagating. Have faith in yourselves and Congress. Your hard work will not be in vain, Jai Hindi,” Rahul Gandhi in Hindi tweeted.
The exit polls, after the end of the final leg of polling, said that the BJP would be getting a comfortable majority of seats in the general election 2019.