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Congress leaders ashamed of saying ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, claims Amit Shah

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Kukshi | Congress leaders are ashamed of saying “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah claimed on Monday.

Addressing a rally in Kukshi area of poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, he also asked the opposition party to give details of its performance when it was in power, before asking the BJP to give a report of its four-and-a-half year governance.

“I happened to know an incident from Rajasthan where a Congress worker wanted to give the slogan ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, but he was interrupted and made to say ‘Sonia Gandhi Ki Jai’,” Shah claimed.

“This shows what is more important to a Congress leader… They are ashamed of giving out such slogans,” Shah added.

Continuing his attack against the Congress leadership, he said, “Rahul baba (Congress chief) asks us to give a report of our four-and-a-half year’s of performance. He and his family have been in power for four-and-a-half generations. They should be the first one to talk about their performances.”

Lauding the development work undertaken by MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Shah said the state government had brought huge reforms in agriculture sector but “the figures are deliberately ignored by Congress leaders”.

“During the Congress regime, farmers used to get Rs 1,300 crore in the form of crop loans but Chouhan managed to increase the crop credit coverage to Rs 13,000 crore,” he claimed.

The campaign for the state polls ends Monday evening and voting will take place on Wednesday.

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Madhya Pradesh HC dismis Congress’ plea over EVM malfunctioning

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Bhopal | The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday rejected Congress party plea demanding an SIT investigation in connection to the EVM malfunctioning during the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections.

The High Court bench refused to intervene in the matter as it found the response filed by the Election Commission satisfactory in the case. The Congress party in its plea had expressed concern over the lack of adequate security in some districts in respect of polled/unused EVMs and VVPATs. The Congress party also alleged that attempts were made to tamper the EVM and VVPAT machines in Bhopal, Satna, Shajapur, Sagar and Khandwa. “Separate facility was created to keep the unused reserve EVMs after polling was held. These were kept within the vicinity of EVMs used in polling in all the assembly seats,” alleged Congress

The Election Commission rejected such allegations and claimed that all necessary instructions were issued well in advance for safe upkeeping of polled EVMs, VVPATs, unused/reserved EVMs and VVPATs at the end of the poll.

However, the Court reserved its decision over plea filed over the counting of VVPAT slips along with that of EVMs.

 

 

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Madhya Pradesh: 745 EVMs, VVPAT machines replaced; Congress writes to CEC on snags

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Bhopal | As many as 745 EVMs and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail machines were replaced Wednesday in Madhya Pradesh, where voting for the Assembly elections is underway, a senior poll official said.

The announcement by state Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao came after Congress leaders claimed that EVMs at many places had malfunctioned.

“There have been several complaints that EVMs at many places malfunctioned. We have have written to the Election Commission and demanded that voting time in these polling booths should be extended to compensate for the delay,” Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said.

The Guna MP said the Election Commission should compensate for time wasted in replacing the EVMs by extending polling time in those booths.

“Several reports are coming from across the state that EVMs are not working. This has been affecting the polling. Long queues are being witnessed in the city. EC should immediately take decision. The EVMs should be changed,” state Congress chief Kamal Nath tweeted.

Responding to the demand, CEC O P Rawat said in Delhi that there are provisions for the extension of time and local officers (in Madhya Pradesh) can take the call on the matter.

The battle of ballots in Madhya Pradesh is just months ahead of the Lok Sabha polls slated in the first half of 2019. There are 2,899 candidates are in the fray. The state has 5.04 crore eligible voters.

Altogether 3,00,782 government employees, including 45,904 women, are on poll duty and 65,341 polling stations have been set up.

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Madhya Pradesh polls: Many EVMs malfunctioning, claims Congress

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Gwalior | The Congress on Wednesday claimed that some EVMs malfunctioned during the ongoing Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections and demanded that polling be extended.

Polling is underway to elect the 230-member Assembly, where the ruling BJP and opposition Congress are fighting for supremacy. It is being held between 8 am and 5 pm in 227 seats and between 7 am to 3 pm in three Naxal-affected segments.

“There have been several complaints that EVMs at many places malfunctioned. We have written to the Election Commission and demanded that voting time in these polling booths should be extended to compensate for the delay,” Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said.

Responding to the demand, CEC O P Rawat said in Delhi that there are provisions for the extension of time and local officers (in Madhya Pradesh) can take the call on the matter. The battle of ballots in Madhya Pradesh is just months ahead of the Lok Sabha polls slated in the first half of 2019. As many as 2,899 candidates, including 1,094 independents, are in the fray. The state has 5.04 crore eligible voters.

Altogether 3,00,782 government employees, including 45,904 women, have been deployed on poll duty across the state, where 65,341 polling stations have been set up.

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