From right: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal during a press conference, in New Delhi, Sunday | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
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New Delhi, Apr 14 (PTI) Opposition parties Sunday held a meeting to discuss the issue of EVM malfunctioning and said they will approach the Supreme Court again to demand that at least 50 per cent of paper trails be verified with EVMs.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who Saturday met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora to raise the issue of EVM malfunctioning, said 21 political parties have demanded verification of VVPAT paper trails of 50 per cent of the EVMs.

Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said opposition parties will approach the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the EC for counting of at least 50 per cent of the VVPAT slips with the EVMs in every assembly segment.

He said the opposition parties will carry out a nationwide campaign on the issue of discrepancies in EVMs.

“We do not think the EC is doing enough to address issue of EVM malfunctioning,” Singhvi alleged.

The Supreme Court Monday directed the EC to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths per assembly segment, from one at present, in the Lok Sabha polls, saying it will provide greater satisfaction not just to political parties but the entire electorate.


Also read: Chandrababu Naidu says EC works at Narendra Modi’s behest after reports of EVM malfunction


 

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  1. As a principle, no one should have an issue with more EVMs – earlier one, now five per Assembly constituency – being verified by counting the paper slips. Let a few hours more be taken. People who voted on 11th April will in any case be waiting till 23rd May. Rightly or wrongly, the Opposition is agitated over this issue. Obduracy will simply strengthen doubts. We are certain no one has anything to hide.

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