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Mayawati Alleges EVMs Tampered With, Calls Election Results ‘Shocking’

BSP leader Mayawati has alleged that the EVM machines have registered only BJP votes and demanded a re-election. Credit: PTI/Files

BSP leader Mayawati has alleged that the EVM machines have registered only BJP votes and demanded a re-election. Credit: PTI/Files

Lucknow: BSP chief Mayawati, whose party received a major drubbing in the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, alleged that the EVMs were tampered with in such a way that the vote went to the BJP no matter which button was pressed.

Terming the results as “shocking”, she said the Election Commission should stop the counting, withhold results and hold fresh polls using traditional paper ballots.

As results and trends went in favour of the BJP in a big way, she called a press conference and dared prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to ask the poll panel to hold fresh elections in the state “if they have an iota of morality and honesty left in them”.

Mayawati said this trend will have a “very bad bearing” on democracy in the country and will amount to crushing it.

“The results in UP and Uttarakhand are surprising and not palatable to anyone… it seems EVMs did not accept votes polled for any party other than BJP,” she said.

“It is a matter of common discussion here that even if button is pressed for any other party, vote will be polled in favour of BJP,” Mayawati said.

The BSP chief claimed that a similar complaint was made by her partymen in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls but she had preferred to stay silent thinking it was Modi wave and anti-Congress sentiment.

She said it was “unacceptable” that the BJP was winning even in Muslim-dominated areas.

“Muslims constitute 20% votes in the state and the BJP did not give a single ticket to Muslims…but in Muslim- dominated seats also the results went in the BJP’s favour and this is unpalatable to the party,” she said.

 

  • K SHESHU BABU

    While mayawati may have her own grouse and indignation about the elections and the EVMs, there should be more transparency in counting as well as procedure adopted in casting votes. The ‘ opaque’ procedure may increase the scepticism behind counting. If a system is adopted where voter is assured of the correctness in voting and transparency in counting, such scepticism may not arise. Prior to Mayawati , kejriwal also tried to raise this issue. Free, fair and confident in voting and counting might rise people’s belief in electoral system and increase in voting percentage