Arun Jaitley: Mayawati lost UP because of wrong policies, not rigged EVMs

"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 BSP," Mayawati had said.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley completely rejected Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati's claims that electronic voting machines in Uttar Pradesh were tampered during the Assembly elections.

Jaitley called the allegations 'not right', telling news agency ANI that "This is world's biggest democracy. She lost because of wrong policies."

She must accept the manade of the people, the union minister added.

Mayawati made the shocking allegations soon after it became clear that the Bharatiya Janata Party had won the state in a landslide.

According to final results, the party and its allies won 325 seats in UP. The Samajwadi Party-Congress combine came in a distant second, winning just 54 seats.

Mayawati's BSP, hoping to return to power, was decimated, winning in only 19 constituencies. The former UP chief minister said that the BJP winning in Muslim bastions in Uttar Pradesh proved that the EVMs were rigged in many places.

"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 BSP," Mayawati said.

The Election Commission meanwhile has rejected the former UP chief minister's complaint.

(With inputs from ANI)

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