Congress demand for ballot papers illogical: BJP

Congress demand for ballot papers illogical: BJP

 The state BJP on Friday stated that the Congress party in Karnataka by opposing EVMs and seeking reintroduction of ballot papers in the 2018 Assembly polls, has conceded defeat even before the announcement of the electoral battle.

In a statement in Bengaluru, party state spokesperson and former Law minister S Suresh Kumar said that the demand for reintroduction of ballot papers is a proof that the Congress leaders are paranoid about the "impending doom" in the 2018 polls.

"Their worst fear has come true by the outcome of the exit polls which have predicted impressive victory for the BJP in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh", Suresh Kumar stated. The Congress party's opposition to EVMs is not only illogical but also amateurish, Kumar stated.

JD(S) seconds demand

The JD(S) has seconded Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's demand for holding the state Assembly elections using ballot papers.

JD(S) leaders H D Deve Gowda and H D Kumaraswamy on Friday said that the JD(S) too had on previous occasions demanded that the elections be held using ballot paper.

Gowda said that he had written to the Election Commission twice in this regard, in the past.

"There were several apprehensions about EVMs in previous elections, including the Uttar Pradesh polls held earlier this year. The JD(S) has been categorical in this demand," he said.

Raising suspicions over EVMs, Kumaraswamy said that developed nations like the USA were continuing to use ballot papers. The Election Commission should bring back the system in the state, he added.

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