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Saw my vote get cast in favour of BJP: Pawar

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar raised concern over the use of electronic voting machine (EVMs) in polling claiming that he himself had once seen, at a presentation, that a vote cast for his party went in favour of the BJP. However, Pawar did not say that all EVMs function in a similar manner.
 
He told reporters here, “I am concerned about the use of the machine.  In Hyderabad and Gujarat, an EVM was kept before me and asked to press a button. I pressed the button against ‘watch’ (the poll symbol of NCP) but the vote got cast in favour of the ‘lotus’ (the BJP’s symbol). I saw it happening.”
 
The former Union minister and the other opposition leaders have been voicing concern about the use of EVMs, saying they could be manipulated. Recently, the NCP and 20 other opposition parties  moved the Supreme Court seeking a review of its order issued on April 8, directing the Election Commission to increase random matching of voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) slips with EVMs to five polling booths per Assembly segment. 
 
Now, the opposition leaders are asking that the number should be increased to 25 per cent at least. The petition was filed by the opposition leaders, led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. 

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