Supreme Court today dismissed Congress' plea seeking directions to Election Commission to count and cross verify at least 25 percent of VVPAT paper trail with EVM votes.
Supreme Court today dismissed Congress’ plea seeking directions to Election Commission to count and cross verify at least 25 percent of VVPAT paper trail with EVM votes. The top court said that it finds no merit in the plea. It has added that Gujarat Congress can approach the top court through filing a writ petition for electoral reforms. This a major setback for the party ahead of results which will be declared on December 18. Exit polls yesterday predicted a victory for the ruling BJP in Gujarat, giving it a clear majority in the keenly-contested Assembly polls in the state. Soon after voting ended in the second and final phase of the election, an exit poll gave the BJP 115 of the total 182 seats and the Congress, 65. Another such survey gave the ruling party 108 seats and 74 to the Congress. The Times Now-VMR Exit poll predicted 115 seats for the BJP and 64 for the Congress, with the remaining seats going to other parties.
The Republic-C Voter Exit Poll gave the BJP 108 seats and the Congress, 74. The ABP-CSDS survey by ABP News predicted a BJP victory in 117 seats as against the Congress’s 64. NDTV channel said the BJP was likely to get 112 seats and the Congress 70. A survey by India Today’s ‘Aaj Tak’ news channel also predicted that the BJP, which has been ruling Gujarat for almost 20 years, would retain power in the state. It said the BJP would emerge as the winner in 99-113 Assembly segments in the state, while the Congress could win 68-82 seats. A party has to win 92 seats or more to form a government in the state.
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In the 2012 Assembly polls in Gujarat, the BJP had won 115 seats, the Congress 61 and others, six.