Union Minister and BJP leader Rajnath Singh: Today, 36 NDA allies were present at the NDA leaders dinner today. 3 NDA allies who were not present today have given their support in writing.
I congratulate Team Modi Sarkar for their hard work and remarkable achievements in the last 5 years.— Chowkidar Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 21, 2019
Let us keep this momentum going for a New India under the leadership of PM @narendramodi.
Sharing pictures of Aabhar Milan of Union Council of Ministers at BJP HQ, New Delhi. pic.twitter.com/X2sgvJjJ5c
Upendra Kushwaha, RLSP in Patna: Vote ki raksha ke liye zaroorat pade toh hathiyaar bhi uthana ho toh uthaiye. Aaj jo result loot ki jo ghatna karne ki jo koshish ho rahi hai toh isko rokne ke liye hathiyaar bhi uthana ho toh uthana chahiye. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/g29bsWGyre— ANI (@ANI) May 21, 2019
The Election Commission will meet tomorrow to decide on the demands presented to them by 22 Opposition parties over allegations of EVM tampering.
In the memorandum, the Opposition leaders have also demanded that if any discrepancy is found anywhere during the VVPAT verification, 100% counting of paper slips of VVPATs of all polling stations of that assembly segment should be done.
JUST IN | 22 parties of the Opposition have submitted a memorandum before the EC, requesting that the verification of VVPAT slips of randomly identified (05) polling stations should be done prior to the initiation of counting of votes and not after the completion of last round of counting.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission has issued a press release saying, "Polled EVMs are absolutely safe in Strongrooms"
This is what the Press Release says: (Source: Press Information Bureau)
Certain complaints of alleged movement of EVMs, purportedly to replace the polled EVMs in the strongrooms, have been doing the rounds in sections of media. Election Commission of India would like to emphatically and unambiguously clarify that all such reports and allegations are absolutely false, and factually incorrect. The visuals seen viral on media do not pertain to any EVMs used during the polls.
After the close of polls, all polled EVMs and VVPATs are brought under security cover to the designated strongrooms, which is sealed with double locks, in the presence of the candidates and in the presence of Observers of the Election Commission. The entire process of storage and sealing of the strongroom is covered under videography. Continuous CCTV coverage is done till completion of counting. Each strongroom is guarded with round-the-clock security by Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). Further, the candidates or their designated agents remain present at the strongroom for 24X7 vigil at all times.
On the counting day, the strongrooms are opened in the presence of the candidates/agents and Observer under videography. Before the counting of EVMs commences, the counting agents are shown the address tags, seals and serial number of the EVMs to satisfy themselves to the genuineness and authenticity of the machines used in the actual polls.
The provisions and protocols have been explained to the political parties on multiple occasions including in several of the 93 meetings held with them at the Commission since the announcement of elections. All Chief Electoral Officers and District Election Officers have again been advised to brief the candidates on the elaborate counting arrangements.
As can be appreciated, the detailed administrative protocols, security framework and procedural guidelines mandated by the Commission completely foreclose and pre-empt the possibility of any mischief or manipulation in the polled EVMs and VVPATs stored in the designated strongrooms under the 24X7 watch of the CAPF as well as the candidates.
The aspersions in clips being used in media merely pertain to the storage or movement of Reserve unused EVMs. However, any case of lapse even in handling of Reserve EVMs is thoroughly investigated and disciplinary action taken against the officers responsible. An EVM Control Room 011- 23052123 will also be functioning at Nirvachan Sadan for handling any EVM related complaints till the completion of counting. This will become operative from 11am on 22.5.2019.
Onus of ensuring institutional integrity with EC: Former Prez Pranab Mukherjee over allegations of EVM tampering
Former President Pranab Mukherjee has expressed his concerns over alleged tampering of EVMs. In a tweet, Mukherjee said, "There can be no room for speculations that challenge the very basis of our democracy."
The onus of ensuring institutional integrity, in this case, lies with the Election Commission of India. They must do so and put all speculations to rest.
Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma: NPP is extremely shocked and saddened by the news of the death of its Arunachal MLA Tirong Aboh and his family. We condemn the brutal attack and urge HM Rajnath Singh and PM Modi to take action against those responsible for such attack (file pic) pic.twitter.com/cLCu7uKBgT— ANI (@ANI) May 21, 2019
JUST IN | Seven including NPP candidate Tirong Aboh killed by suspected NCSN militants in Bogapani in Tirap district.
JUST IN: Opposition leaders' meeting underway at the Constitution Club of India in Delhi. Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad, Trinamool's Derek O' Brien, Telegu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury present among others.
Update: Mumbai Congress President Milind Deora writes to Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra requesting "increase of vigilance, security etc at counting centers, so that EVM machines should not get tampered in any manner whatsoever".
Bihar CM Nitish Kr: Questions on EVM is bogus. After introduction of EVMs, elections have become transparent. It's a technology which has been questioned multiple times&have been answered by EC...Faction which begins losing says there were discrepancies in elections. It's not new pic.twitter.com/Om4m9x9pRz— ANI (@ANI) May 21, 2019
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) chief Dinesh Gundu Rao on Roshan Baig's comments: It is unbecoming of a politician of his stature to be speaking like this, it ranks of pure political opportunism. We will take required action when the time is right.
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal have discussed the ongoing political situation over a phone call, News18 has reported.
Pranab Mukherjee hails EC, says polls were conducted 'perfectly'
At a time when the Election Commission is under fire from opposition parties for being biased, former president Pranab Mukherjee lauded the role of the poll panel saying the 2019 Lok Sabha polls were conducted "perfectly".
Roshan Baig, Congress when asked if Siddaramaiah is responsible for the collapse of the govt: KC Venugopal is a buffoon. I feel sorry for my leader Rahul Gandhi ji. Buffoons like Venugopal, the arrogant attitude of Siddaramaiah & the flop show of Gundu Rao...The result is this. https://t.co/WOxFkk9enD— ANI (@ANI) May 21, 2019