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Humbled BJP blames technology, demands ballot format

Humbled BJP blames technology, demands ballot format
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First Published: Wed, May 20 2009. 05 25 PM IST
Updated: Wed, May 20 2009. 05 25 PM IST
Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday blamed the electronic voting machines for its humiliating defeat in the recently-concluded assembly and Lok Sabha polls in Orissa and sought re-introduction of ballot paper system of voting.
Raising serious doubts about the accuracy of the EVMs, BJP state president Suresh Pujari in a party meeting said,“Ballot papers are more accurate and authentic. Ballot papers can be kept for record, while it was not possible with EVMs. Since the US and many countries have stopped use of EVMs in elections, we should also stop the practice in India.”
BJP bagged only six seats in the 147-member Orissa Assembly and failed to win any of the 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
In 2004, the party had secured 32 seats in the assembly elections and seven Lok Sabha seats.
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First Published: Wed, May 20 2009. 05 25 PM IST
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