FROM EVM HACKING TO EVM SWAPPING, OPPOSITION MALIGNS DEMOCRACY

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When the elections were underway, Opposition leaders in India claimed that EVMs were rigged or were programmed in such a way that votes were directed to BJP or their allies, but two day ahead of the results and two days after the exit polls, the Spooked opposition has come up with a new charge, ‘EVM swapping’. Claiming reserve EVMs machine are being transported to EC strongrooms.

Shashi Tharoor
โ€’I trust the Election Commission is looking into this and can provide a satisfactory explanation?’

Tejashwi Yadav
‘Visuals and claims of sudden movement of EVMs observed across the north India! Why is it so? Who is transporting these EVMs & Why? What is purpose and objective of this exercise? In order to avoid any confusion & misconception, Election Commission must issue a statement ASAP.’


A delegation of 22 Opposition parties led by Ghulam Nabi Azad and Chandrababu Naidu met the Election Commission and even submitted a memorandum with five demands.

Demand one: verification of VVPAT slips of randomly identified (05) polling stations should be done prior to the initiation of counting of votes and not after the completion of last round of counting.

Demand two: If any discrepancy is found anywhere during the VVPAT verification, 100% counting of paper slips of VVPATs of all polling stations of that assembly segment should be done.

Demand three: clarification over what is the procedure to be followed If there is any mismatch

Demand four: clarification over what action will be taken in case of malfunctioning during counting of votes.

Demand five: requested deletion of ‘no question of recount of votes’ clause

Election Commission later came out and dismissed all the charges made by the opposition.

ELECTION COMMISSION ‘Election Commission of India would like to emphatically and unambiguously clarify that all such reports and allegations are absolutely false.After the close of polls, all polled EVMs and VVPATs are brought under security cover to the designated strongrooms, which is sealed with double locks, in the presence of the candidates and in the presence of Observers of the Election Commission. The entire process of storage and sealing of the strongroom is covered under videography. Continuous CCTV coverage is done till completion of counting. Each strongroom is guarded with round-the-clock security by Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).’

Even the ruling party slammed opposition over their charge

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister
‘EVM is good when Mamata Banerjee became West Bengal chief minister twice and Amarinder Singh became Punjab chief minister. If they win, EVM is good. But when there is expectation that we will win because people of this country want Narendra Modi to be prime minister again, then EVM is unreliable.’

Many are questioning the rationale behind this development, with several wondering if opposition will stick to this stand if the results are in their favour.

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VIVEK OBEROI SHARES AISHWARYA’S MEME, GETS TROLLED

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Actor Vivek Oberoi faced massive flak after he shared a meme on his social media page. Vivek Shared a meme created by another use which featured his ex-girlfriend Aishwarya Rai.

The meme had three sections wherein the first third featured Aishwarya with her ex-boyfriend Salman Khan with the caption ‘Opinion Poll’, the second third featured Aishwarya with Vivek with the caption ‘Exit Poll’ and third portion featured Aishwarya with her husband Abhishek and their daughter Aradhya with the caption ‘Results’. The meme was shared a day after Exit Polls and three days ahead of the results of Lok Sabha Elections.

Several we’re offended as Aishwarya’s daughter was featured in the tweet.

Even his own fraternity members slammed the actor for dragging in Aishwarya into this meme controversy

But there were many who backed the actor, claimimg that the meme was unnecesarily taken out of context.

National Commission for Women took note of the tweet and issued a notice to the actor, seeking an explanation from him for sharing an ‘unethical, disrespectful, offensive’ tweet involving a woman and a minor.

The actor however remained brazen, he said that he had done no wrong by sharing the meme and slammed Sonam Kapoor over her tweet.

The actress, her family and Salman Khan have not reacted to the controversy yet.

HAS THE ALLIANCE POLITICS FAILED IN KARNATAKA?

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Right after Balakot Airstrikes took, Karnataka BJP chief predicted a win on 22 seats out of the 28 seats from the southern state. If exit polls are to be believed that BJP will win no less than 17 seats in Karnataka. This also marks the end of JDS’ political aspirants as Congress will now stop letting it dictate terms. Plus there is a big suspense over who wins Mandya, If Sumalatha wins then it’s a big upset for JDS chief HD Devegowda’s grandson Nikhil

DUTEE CHAND BECOMES FIRST INDIAN ATHLETE TO REVEALS SHE IS HOMOSEXUAL

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For the first time in the history of Indian Sporting history an athlete has come out as homosexual, Dutee Chand who hold the 100 m record holder and silver medalist at 2018 Asian Games revealed that she was in a same-sex relationship.

In an interview to Sunday Express, the athlete who is training for Tokyo Olympics that will take place next year said that she had found her soulmate.

“I have found someone who is my soulmate. I believe everyone should have the freedom to be with whoever they decide they want to be with. I have always supported the rights of those who want to be in a same-sex relationship. It is an individual person’s choice. Currently, my focus is on the World Championships and the Olympic Games but in the future I would like to settle down with her”
DUTEE CHAND, ATHLETE

Dutee who hails from Odisha reveals she found the courage to speak out after Supreme Court decriminalised Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

โ€œI have always believed that everyone should have the freedom to love. There is no greater emotion than love and it should not be denied. The Supreme Court of India has also struck down the old law. I believe nobody has the right to judge me as an athlete because of my decision to be with who I want. It is a personal decision, which should be respected. I will continue to strive to win medals for India at international meets”
DUTEE CHAND, ATHLETE

Dutee has found support online, where many supported her decision to come and express her sexuality..