The Supreme Court on Tuesday afternoon decided not to give urgent listing for tomorrow to hear a plea seeking Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) verification at the beginning of counting of EVM votes instead of doing so after the counting. Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana said let the established practice of counting go on.
Delhi High Court division bench sought response from the Centre, the Election Commission of India (ECI) in a plea by two lawyers, wherein it is alleged that the practice of offering freebies as part of electoral promises could sway away a vast majority of electorates.
As news of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s younger brother Ashim Banerjee’s death due to Covid-19 spread across the state, it was suddenly clear how much the recent elections and other religious festivities around the country have affected the fragile health infrastructure of the state.
Nearly 44,000 stations would have such monitoring, covering at least 50% booths across the state. The Commission said the identification of critical and vulnerable polling booths has been done after consulting 12 major political parties.
The BJP's election symbol is India's national symbol Lotus and therefore, it should be banned from confiscation and misuse. The Court has allowed the petitioner to make any other political party as a party in the Petition.