Congress leader Udit Raj, who recently switched loyalty after quitting the BJP, has stirred a fresh controversy by asking if the Supreme Court too was involved in election ‘rigging.’
Taking to Twitter, Raj asked in Hindi, “Why doesn’t the Supreme Court want all VVPAT slips to be counted. Is it also involved in rigging? When administrative work has slowed down due to elections since last three months, what difference will two-three days make?
सप्रीम कोर्ट क्यों नहीं चाहता की VVPAT की सारी पर्चियों को गिना जाए क्या वो भी धाँधली में शामिल है।चुनावी प्रक्रिया में जब लगभग तीन महीने से सारे सरकारी काम मंद पड़ा हुआ है तो गिनती में दो- तीन दिन लग जाए तो क्या फ़र्क़ पड़ता है @priyankagandhi @INCDelhi @RahulGandhi @PTI_News
— Dr. Udit Raj, MP (@Dr_Uditraj) May 22, 2019
Later. speaking to ANI, the known Dalit leader defended his tweet and said, “When 22 parties went to SC asking for increase in number of VVPAT slips being counted, SC rejected it saying it’ll cause a delay.”
He said that the whole election process continued for three ‘months hampering development work.’ “What is the big deal if it takes 1-2 days more? I’m not levelling allegations on Supreme Court, I’m only raising concerns.”
Congress leader Udit Raj: Election process continues for 3 months hampering development work, so what is the big deal if it takes 1-2 days more? I’m not levelling allegations on Supreme Court, I’m only raising concerns https://t.co/Cpi7XXsAiP
— ANI (@ANI) May 22, 2019
Opposition parties had approached the Supreme Court for 100% mandatory matching of VVPAT slips with that of the votes counting in EVMs. But the top court had rejected the plea and only extended the limit to 5 polling booth in each assembly segment.
The Election Commission had said that 100 percent matching of VVPAT paper slips with EVM votes will delay the results by several days.