- The Election Commission begins the counting of votes for Gujarat and Himachal
- The future of these two states will be decided today
- EC chief assures no EVMs were tampered with in the polls
The Future of Gujarat and Himachal will be decided today as the Election Commission Officials are counting the votes of both the states. The Bhartiya Janta Party is keeping an eye on the majority of winning in these two states in order to eradicate Congress.
Tough Competition between Congress and BJP
The Election watchdog of the country has begun the counting of votes for the Assembly seats of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
As per the latest developments, Bhartiya Janta Party is leading in Gujarat and Congress is also giving a tough competition to the rival party this time.
Both the opponents are in the race with a minor difference of votes and as per the counting, any party can win the state assembly.
However, the counting of votes is still going on in Gujarat and the officials are giving away the information of the votes counting time to time.
As per the present situation, if the Bhartiya Janta Party wins the elections in Gujarat, then this will be the sixth time the party will be making the government in the state.
Both the Congress and BJP tried hard to convince the populace of the state where, Congress President Rahul Gandhi faced the challenge of being a Non-Hindu and for this, he visited many temples of Gujarat. BJP on the other hand also faced the hatred by the Patidar community of the state that was showing full support to the Congress this time.
Therefore, it is very difficult to decide that which party will be going to win the Assembly this time as the competition is very tough for both the Congress and BJP.
BJP leading in Himachal Pradesh
Talking about the Himachal Pradesh Polls, Bhartiya Janta Party is ready to detach Congress from the state that is ruling Himachal over a period of time.
Bhartiya Janta Party is leading in many constituencies but the Congress leader and the Chief Minister of the state Virbhadra Singh is leading from his Constituency, Arki and his son Vikramaditya is also leading in Shimla with a huge difference of votes.
EC assures of no EVM tampering
The Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Jyoti on Monday assured no Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were tampered with as far as the Gujarat Assembly polls are concerned.
The EC chief said the questions raised about the tampering of the voting machines had already been answered, adding the voting was conducted by the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs), which enabled voters to see whom they voted for.
Jyoti further assured there cannot be any tampering with the EVMs.
Adding to this, he also said, “All arrangements have been made in Gujarat by the chief electoral officer of the state in view of the counting”.
The Patidar leader and Congress ally Hardik Patel had earlier alleged that a company had hired 140 engineers to hack 5,000 EVMs.
The Ahmedabad collector, however, rubbished the allegations as “baseless”.
Besides Patel, the Congress Party has also made similar allegations against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
On Saturday, the Supreme Court dismissed Congress’ plea seeking directions to the Election Commission to count and cross verify at least 25 percent of VVPATs with votes cast with the EVMs.
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