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BSP Chief Mayawati To Move Court This Week Against EVM ‘Tampering’ In UP Polls

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will move court in the next two-three days against the alleged tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, its chief Mayawati today said. She charged that “the BJP won elections by rigging electronic voting machines”.

Ms Mayawati had said that a ‘black day’ will be observed every month against what she termed the “murder of democracy” by the BJP.

“We will approach court over the issue in the next two-three days,” the BSP supremo told reporters in the Parliament premises. Earlier, the Election Commission of India (ECI) had rejected Mayawati’s claim that the voting machines were rigged and said her demand for a re-poll using ballot papers was legally untenable.

The BSP, which had 80 legislators in the outgoing UP Assembly, managed to win just 19 seats in the 403-member House. Driven by the Modi wave, the BJP, along with its ally, had stormed to power in UP after 14 years, securing 325 seats, while the Samajwadi Party had won 47 seats and its ally the Congress seven seats.

The former Chief Minister of UP had alleged large-scale tampering in the EVMs soon after results were announced on March 11.The Samajwadi Party and the Congress had also supported Mayawati’s allegations.The BJP had ridiculed Ms Mayawati’s allegations of EVM tampering and asked her to “gracefully accept the people’s mandate”.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too had claimed that EVMs were tampered with in Punjab to keep the Aam Aadmi Party out of power.


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