UP EVMs were 'managed' to favour BJP: Mayawati

Indo Asian News Service

Lucknow, March 11 (IANS) BSP chief Mayawati on Saturday alleged that voting machines had been "managed" in favour of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and that it was difficult to accept the "very surprising" election results.

"These election results are very surprising. It is very difficult to accept them," said Mayawati, whose Bahujan Samaj Party has fared poorly in the state elections.

"The reports I got have raised the suspicion that the voting machines have been managed... It appears that voting machines have not registered votes cast in favour of other parties or all the votes have been polled for the BJP. Even Muslim votes have gone to the BJP," she said.

Mayawati called for re-elections questioning the credibility of the EVMs.

“Press any button, the vote goes to the BJP. The BJP winning even in Muslim areas. The Muslim vote has gone to the BJP. Can anyone digest this? Clearly voting machines have been tampered with,” she said, clearly stunned at the BJP’s historic victory in Uttar Pradesh.

"In 2014 too there were such fears. Press any button but the vote went to BJP. In BMC election too such questions were raised,” she charged.

"This is a open challenge to the BJP and the Prime Minister that if you are really honest ask the Election Commission to hold re-elections using the ballot paper. And if they do not agree, it will prove right that the machines were indeed tampered with. People have lost faith in EVMs. BJP has murdered democracy. The Muslims are saying that they did not vote for the BJP, so how is it that the BJP won even in Muslim areas?” Mayawati added.

"Results of the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly polls must be stopped immediately, this is my request to Election Commission. With help of foreign expert team, EVMs must be investigated. Elections should be held again with the old ballot paper voting in UP," the BSP supremo added.

Her comments come as the Bharatiya Janata Party swept the state. --IANS