Telugu Desam Party supremo Chandrababu Naidu and leaders of other 23 parties in the country, still have apprehensions over the EVMs and the possibility of their reprograming. The leaders, who met in the national capital the other day, expressed their doubts and concerns over the EVMs to the Election Commission. The leaders met Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora and gave a representation on their doubts.
The leaders, who have been asking for counting of the 50 per cent of the VVPAT slips along with the votes in the EVMs, have now asked the EC to count the VVPAT slips in the five polling booths for each Assembly constituency as decided by the EC. They wanted the EC to count the VVPAT slips first and then go for the EVMs. However, the EC had decided to go as per its plans and the VVPAT slips would be counted at the end of the process, which begins with the counting of the postal ballots, followed by EVMs.
Meanwhile, Chandrababu Naidu closeted with former prime minister and Janata Dal (Secular) chief H D Deve Gowda and Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru in the midnight on his return from the national capital. As Naidu is scheduled to spend his time on Wednesday in his home constituency – Kuppam – he flew directly to Bengaluru and had a brief meeting with the Janata Dal (Secular) leaders on the strategy to be followed after the counting is completed on May 23.
While it is not known what strategy that Chandrababu Naidu had discussed with them, it is assumed that the TDP chief wants the non-NDA parties to stake claim for formation of the next government to keep Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi out of power. The leaders predict that BJP and the NDA together will fall short of the numbers and would require the support of the others. On the other hand, the Congress and the UPA would get some numbers, though short of the required strength. The parties outside the UPA would have to rally together with the UPA and the Congress and stake claim to form the government, is what Chandrababu Naidu is planning. It is to be seen if this works as he wishes or turns out to be a damp squib.