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New Delhi: To kick start isolating NDA in the centre, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday, met the former prime minister and JDS supremo H.D. Deve Gowda and Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy. The meeting was focused on discussions to mobilise opposition parties on the controversy over alleged manipulation of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

Talking to media persons after their meeting, TDP president said that he, along with leaders of 22 major opposition parties, had moved the Election Commission and demanded that the VVPAT of an entire assembly segment be counted even if one of the five samples does not match the EVM. “The delegation also handed over a memorandum to the Commission. We also demanded that the EVM-VVPAT tally should be done at the beginning of the process of counting,” he said.

Gowda said he too had written about the EVMs to the Election Commission in 2006 itself and added that he felt ballot papers should be brought back to avoid these complications.

Asked about the prime ministerial candidate of the opposition in the event of anti-BJP parties getting the numbers, Naidu said, “We will sit together and discuss the PM candidate after the results on May 23.”

Naidu had met Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar and Sitaram Yechury, among other leaders, to discuss the issue, on Sunday. He had also held talks with opposition leaders, including Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav in the national capital and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati in Lucknow.

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