August 3, 2009 2:56:36 am
Blaming the electronic voting machines (EVMs) for his defeat in the recent Lok Sabha elections,Punes BSP candidate D S Kulkarni has demanded a re-election in the constituency.
I have come to the conclusion that faulty EVMs have actually pushed me to defeat,else I would have won the election,or at least would not have faced such a debacle, he said.
DSK,who held a press conference on Friday,said he has been collecting proofs for this all the while. He said he was going to file a writ petition in the high court demanding that the traditional ballot paper system should be reintroduced,Printouts should be provided after casting a vote through EVMs,which could be deposited in a ballot box, he said.
My projection of 2.60 lakh votes was based on the huge support that I experienced from citizens. However,I was pushed to the fourth position unexpectedly,bagging just 62,981 votes. In many pockets of the city,like Wadgaon Sheri,Shivajinagar,Parvati and even Cantonment,I was the leading candidate. Therefore,such poor score is not understandable and only EVMs are to be blamed for it, he said.
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DSK said,The EVMs are vulnerable and its software could be hacked. Many European countries,including Germany,have put a ban on these EVMs. In America,as well,there is a debate going on regarding this. Therefore,I have come to the conclusion that EVMs have actually pushed me to defeat,or else I would have won the election.
Exemplifying his argument,DSK said,A total of 43 family members,including two of my bosom-friends,cast their votes at Sant Namdeo School. But the EVM showed that I received only 18 votes. And there are more such examples.
Without holding any of his political rivals responsible for the defeat,he said,I am dejected not because I lost the election,but because the people who sincerely voted for me did not get their due. I do not know whether I would contest the next elections,but I will file a writ petition in court demanding a ban on these machines,till their reliability is proved.
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