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BJP tampered with EVMs, alleges Mayawati; asks for fresh polling by ballot papers

"Most votes in Muslim majority constituencies have gone to BJP, makes it evident that voting machines were manipulated," said Mayawati.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 11, 2017 7:51:20 pm
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Not ready to accept defeat in Uttar Pradesh, BSP chief mayawati accused the BJP of tampering with the EVMs and demanded fresh poll with the use of ballot paper. The BJP is likely to secure a landlisde victory in the state, according to the latest trend. But Mayawati alleged that the voting was fudged and accused the BJP and its workers of tampering with the electronic voting machines. She said that she will write to the Election Commission to conduct a fresh poll in the state.

“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,” said Mayawati, whose Bahujan Samaj Party has fared poorly in the UP elections.

“People’s trust in EVM voting is broken. The BJP has tampered with the EVMs in Uttar Pradesh. I have written to Election Commission in this regard, people no more have faith in EVM machines. It’s is an attack on democracy. Whatever reports I am getting my sources, in many areas people where people have not even voted to for BJP, the party is emerging as winner,” she added.

“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 added.

She asserted that BJP winning in Muslim dominated areas proves that there was something wrong with the EVM machines. “Muslims constitute 20 per cent 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.

Her comments come as the Bharatiya Janata Party was poised to sweep the state.

Issuing an open warning to the BJP, Mayawati said they need not be happy that they got a majority as they have “killed democracy and this is betrayal of democracy”.

The Election Commission, however, rejected Mayawatis’ demand saying their is no merit in her claim.

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