BJP should contest with ballot papers: Thackeray

Karnataka Election Result 2018: Uddhav Thackeray calls it EVMs victory, asks BJP to fight polls with ballot papers

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Alluding to the alleged misuse of EVMs by the BJP, Uddhav said: "If the BJP is so confident about winning polls, it should once hold the polls using ballot papers so as to remove the doubts in the minds of the people".

"If you (BJP) trust yourself, hold elections through ballot papers once", Uddhav Thackeray said, reacting to the Karnataka election results.

"We had a telephonic conversation with Deve Gowda ji and Kumaraswamy". Such (convention-based) decisions were not taken in Goa and Manipur (where hung assemblies emerged after polls).

Former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said the Congress and the Janata Dal (S) could together form the next government in Karnataka.

A total of 2,654 candidates, including 216 women candidates were in the fray for the Assembly Elections this year.

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In Karnataka, NCP has given unconditional support to Congress. While the BJP is contesting in all 224 seats, the Congress put up candidates in 222 and the JDS in 201 seats.

However, the BJP can stake claim to form government on "moral grounds" as it is the single largest party, said Raut, whose party is in an uneasy alliance with the saffron party in Maharashtra and at the Centre.

According to the state Chief Electoral Officer Sanjeev Kumar 72.13 percent voters came out to exercise their franchise which is the highest in the Karnataka Assembly elections since the 1952 state polls.

There is a need for a scapegoat when a party loses election, and EVM tampering has been the go-to excuse for the losing party, which has, obviously led people to joke on twitter, if Congress party is going to blame the machines or Rahul Gandhi for their loss. He contested from two seats - Chamundeshwari and Badami.

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