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Opposition meet to discuss possibility of non-NDA alliance staking claim to govt formation begins


Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Samajwadi Party Principal General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel, Bahujan Samaj Party leader Satish Chandra Mishra and other party leaders ahead of a meeting with the Election Commission of India, in New Delhi, Tuesday, May 21, 2019.


New Delhi: Top opposition leaders met here on Tuesday, ahead of the Lok Sabha poll results on May 23, to discuss the possibility of a non-NDA alliance staking claim to government formation.

They will also move the Election Commission (EC) to press for their demand of tallying the paper trail of votes (VVPATs) with the electronic voting machine (EVM) figures.

Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Abhishek Manu Singhvi of the Congress, TDP's Chandrababu Naidu, Satish Chandra Misra of the BSP, Sitaram Yechury of the CPI(M), D Raja of the CPI, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal, Derek O'Brien of the TMC, Ramgopal Yadav of the SP, Kanimozhi of the DMK, Manoj Jha (RJD), Majeed Memon (NCP), Devinder Rana (NC) are taking part in the meeting among others.

"On VVPATs and the EVM tally, the EC is yet to come out with a procedure in case there is a mismatch. Even if there is one mismatch in the VVPAT samples picked for counting and EVMs, to maintain the integrity of the electoral process, all VVPATs in that Assembly segment must be counted," Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Yechury said.

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