Uddhav Thackeray urges BJP to fight polls with ballot papers, not EVMs

Palghar by-election:7 candidates in fray,main contest b/w Shiv Sena & BJP

The BJP has breached the 100-mark in the counting of votes and now stands at 108 seats. However, results that have come today are different.

"If you (BJP) trust yourself, hold elections through ballot papers once", Uddhav Thackeray said, reacting to the Karnataka election results.

"We had a telephonic conversation with Deve Gowda ji and Kumaraswamy. There is no reason for the party to reconsider its stand to contest polls solo in Maharashtra in the backdrop of the Karnataka results", Desai said. The election in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar seat was delayed to May 28 due to the recovery of a large number of voter ID cards. There are allegations made by Opposition parties over EVM manipulations as well. Several exit polls have earlier predicted a hung Assembly with no major political party seem to be gaining a clear majority in the state.

The CM's remarks came at a time when the BJP is walking the tightrope to bear with the Shiv Sena, the recalcitrant constituent of the BJP-led NDA government, which is playing the politics of oneupmanship in the upcoming bypolls. While the BJP is contesting in all 224 seats, the Congress put up candidates in 222 and the JDS in 201 seats.

Karnataka's voters rejected the Indian National Congress "lock, stock and barrel", the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) state unit said Tuesday, as counting trends pointed to a historic triumph for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party in the southern state. Uddhav Thackeray had asked the BJP to pull out in exchange of support in Gondia-Bhandara bypoll. He contested from two seats - Chamundeshwari and Badami.

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