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Oppn leaders including CPM, AAP, Congress, TDP, DMK discuss formation of non-NDA govt

Opposition leaders met Tuesday to discuss the possibility of a non-NDA govt as well as moving the Election Commission to tally the VVPAT paper trail with EVMs.

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New Delhi:  Top opposition leaders met here on Tuesday, ahead of the Lok Sabha poll results on May 23, to discuss the possibility of a non-NDA alliance staking claim to government formation.

They will also move the Election Commission (EC) to press for their demand of tallying the paper trail of votes (VVPATs) with the electronic voting machine (EVM) figures.

Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Abhishek Manu Singhvi of the Congress, TDP’s Chandrababu Naidu, Satish Chandra Misra of the BSP, Sitaram Yechury of the CPI(M), D Raja of the CPI, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal, Derek O’Brien of the TMC, Ramgopal Yadav of the SP, Kanimozhi of the DMK, Manoj Jha (RJD), Majeed Memon (NCP), Devinder Rana (NC) are taking part in the meeting among others.

“On VVPATs and the EVM tally, the EC is yet to come out with a procedure in case there is a mismatch. Even if there is one mismatch in the VVPAT samples picked for counting and EVMs, to maintain the integrity of the electoral process, all VVPATs in that Assembly segment must be counted,” Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Yechury said.

Also read: Priyanka urges Congress workers to guard EVMs but they already have a plan in place


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  1. Only 15% of the MPs strength ( about 80) can be made ministers. With so many parties, and so many aspirants pledging their support subject to “Conditions apply” attached, how many can be satisfied? Even in the UPA 2004, Karunanidhi got a list of his names WITH THEIR PORTFOLIOS prepared by him and SIGNED by Congress leader Nedurumilli Janardhana Reddy, who was sent by Sonia to get Karuna’s support sealed. Later, when there was a mere temporary hitch in the allocation of portfolios., Karunanidhi promptly threatened to withdraw support. AND also flashed this list signed by Reddy before TV cameras. Gathbandhans with such precarious numbers (even should BJP not win tomorrow) are no joke.

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