Congress' 'No' to participating in TV debates on counting day; Kerala starts count of postal votes

Congress' 'No' to participating in TV debates on counting day; Kerala starts count of postal votes

Congress decided that it will not participate in election debates on television on May 2 when the results for assembly polls for five states are out

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that due to the serious Coronavirus situation in the country, none of the Congress spokespersons will not participate in any TV debates after the poll results for the recently held Assembly elections are out. The results for the assembly election in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala would be declared today, May 2. “At a time when Nation is facing an unprecedented crisis, when Govt under PM Modi has collapsed, we find it unacceptable to not hold them accountable & instead discuss election wins & losses. We @INCIINdia have decided to withdraw our spokespersons from election debates,” said Surjewala in a Tweet.

He however added that Congress spokespersons would be available for any comments by the media. “We may win, we may lose, but at a time when people are looking for oxygen, beds, medicine, ventilators; our duty tells us to stand by them, work with them to heal and help. In solidarity with India,” he said in another tweet.

Exit polls predict that the Congress will not fare well in these elections, except perhaps in Tamil Nadu, where its ally DMK is said to come to power.

Meanwhile, the counting of postal votes has begun in Kerala. The initial trends of the Kerala Assembly polls results should be available by 8.30 am. The counting of votes on EVM machines will start at 8.30 am.

Results will be uploaded on the Election Commission’s website, Encore.

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