Udupi: MP Shobha Karandlaje criticises opposition for raising EVM issue

Umesh Marpalli

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP)

Udupi, May 22: Udupi-Chikkamagaluru MP Shobha Karandlaje, commenting on the concerns expressed about electronic voting machines (EVM) and VVPAT by various political parties, wanted to know why the Congress did not raise this issue when it won assembly election in Rajasthan. Recalling a Kannada proverb which refers to a person who cannot dance complaining about the earth being slant, she said that the opposition parties have now started expressing suspicions as they have come to know that they would not be able to win this election.

She asked the parties to check for themselves during whose period these EVMs were introduced, and wanted to know why UPA government which came to power twice in the past, never expressed any doubts about them. "The EVMs are not defective, but you are. The whole of the opposition, their minds and Mahagathbandhan have become fragile," she stated.

In a statement issued from here, Karandlaje said that BJP never lures Congress MLAs. However, the party will start to speak to the MLAs once they leave the Congress. "BJP is a big ocean. Anyone can come into the party," she pointed out.

On the issue of the chief minister's much-talked temple run, Shobha reminded him that our elders had said that serving the people is tantamount to serving the Lord. "It is the duty of the person who rules the country and the state to follow this advice. But the CM has totally given up serving the people. He may be hoping that the God will come to his rescue. But those who fail to discharge their duties will not be protected by even God. If he understands this and works on these lines, he may progress towards getting his aim realized," she said.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Thu, May 23 2019

    She will oppose if she is the beneficiary in EVM tampering.

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  • Eminef, Mangalore

    Wed, May 22 2019

    If tomorrow she is declared a winner.
    Its a pity that intelligent people of Udupi-Chikkamagaluru have voted for her. BJP could have found a better candidate than this

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  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Wed, May 22 2019

    ಇದೇ ಬಿಜೆಪಿ ಯಾ ಹಿಟ್ ವಿಕೆಟ್
    ಯಾಕೆ ಒಪುದಿಲ್ಲ ಶೋಭಾ ? ನ್ಯಾಯಾಲಯವು ಇದರಲ್ಲಿ ಏನೋ ಆಟ ಇದೆ ಎಂದು 4೦% ವಿವಿ ಪ್ಯಾಟ್ ಲೆಕ್ಕ ಮಾಡಲು ಹೇಳಿತು , ನೀವು ತಪ್ಪು ಮಾಡಲಿಲ ವಾದರೆ ಯಾಕೆ ತಲೆ ಬಿಸಿ ?
    ಎಲ್ಲಿ 5-5 ಸೀಟಿಗೆ ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಯಾದರೆ ಹೇಗೆ ಇವರು ಆಟ ವಾಡುವುದ್ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿ ಬೀಳುವ ಹೆದರಿಕೆ.
    ಶೋಭಾ ನಿನ್ನ ಸಾಧನೆ ಏನು ಐದು ವರ್ಷದಲ್ಲಿ ?

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  • Manoj, Kavoor

    Wed, May 22 2019

    Who will tell this lady tat 23 parties r not questioning d EVM but counting of VVPAT slips for atleast 1 booth in an assembly. Useless representative of d people and v call ourselves as budhivanthara jille. Tell her please, VVPAT was brought for transparency to build confidence and restore democratic beliefs of the citizen of this country. It was bought during your tenure not for exhibition but for a purpose. So let d purpose b fulfilled....

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, May 22 2019

    What Shobha knows about electonics and computer science...?????????

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  • Anil, Dubai

    Wed, May 22 2019

    Why BJP has given ticket again to Shobka, and N K, - Udupi-Chk. M , and DK respectively ... ? !!!
    They are very much confident that EVM will support .....

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  • pravir shetty, manipal

    Wed, May 22 2019

    when ever congress is going in a raugh patch, everything is a problem for them, including their own voters.
    tomorrow congress wont get even 70 seats.

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  • Sannu, Mlore Udupi Qatar

    Wed, May 22 2019

    If Modi wave was not there in Mlore and Udupi both of you wouldnt been seen at all, why are you standing and speaking in front of the media, U and N would be wiped of before monsoons would hit Mlore and Udupi
    This is just because of Modi you are remaining in the position today as MP fall to his feet for ever OK
    Never cheat people of India on these EVM System

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  • kp, udupi

    Wed, May 22 2019

    Tom morrow opposition will be happy on blaming EVM and ruling party will be happy on winning second term
    all the best to both

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Wed, May 22 2019

    Is EVM BJPees property?
    Why BJP supports the EVM

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  • Naresh, MUMBAI

    Wed, May 22 2019

    As you know BJP is ruling this country for last 5 years. And they are going to rule for next 20 years. So nobody can question them . People elected them by democratic process with thumbing majority.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Wed, May 22 2019

    woke up before getting to few years sleep! All in the name of Modi and .....!

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  • sunitha, udupi

    Wed, May 22 2019

    let us think it like this why only BJP trusts EVM??????

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  • SmR, Karkala

    Wed, May 22 2019

    After the UPA retained power in 2009, it was L.K. Advani who began questioning EVMs, pointing out their discontinuation in Germany and the US. In fact, it was on a PIL filed by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy that the Supreme Court, in October 2013, directed the Election Commission to introduce the VVPAT system in a phased manner. The idea was to implement it fully by 2019.

    In the late 2000s, a BJP-sponsored campaign, using local and foreign experts, custom-built NGOs and ‘think-tanks’ such as the Vivekananda Foundation. had highlighted the vulnerability of India’s EVMs to tampering, fraud and manipulation.

    Part of the campaign was the book, “ Democracy At Risk! Can We Trust Our Electronic Voting Machines?”, authored by GVL Narasimha Rao with a foreword by LK Advani, and appreciative messages by Chandra Babu Naidu and voting systems expert Prof David Dill of Stanford University

    BJP's GVL Narasimha Rao wrote an entire book on EVM hacking, today being in power they are snubbing the doubts on EVMs. BJP started the EVM-tampering murmurs that haunt it today
    BJP leaders had written books on EVM tampering, now they are saying EVMs are fine.

    Jai Hind

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  • Deva, Pilar

    Wed, May 22 2019

    It seems all Political Parties except one Party have doubt/complaints on EVM's YYYYYYYYY?????

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    Wed, May 22 2019

    No one hated like this but still some are lucky to enjoy getting elected and avail facilities only because of belonging to party.

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  • Indian, Riyadh/KSA

    Wed, May 22 2019

    No better candidate than this?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, May 22 2019

    Shobha Karandlaje can win only by swapping EVM's ...

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