Uttarakhand Congress today asked the Election Commission of India to address BSP chief Mayawati’s allegation that the EVMs have been tampered with in Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. The suspicion raised by Mayawati about possible tampering of EVMs questions the credibility of the poll panel which it must address, outgoing Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat and state Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay said during a joint press conference here. BSP chief Mayawati had yesterday alleged that the EVMs were tampered with in such a way that whichever button was pressed, the vote went to the BJP. “The Election Commission must address the doubts being cast on its credibility. I hope the Commission will soon do something about it,” said Rawat, who has lost in both the seats he contested.
Upadhyay said he will tour the state along with Rawat to boost the morale of Congress workers. “The party will play the role of a constructive opposition and cooperate with the state government,” he said.
BJP scored a massive victory in Uttarakhand winning 56 of the 70 seats in the state to storm to power, reducing the Congress to minuscule minority in the state Assembly with a poor tally of 11 seats.
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Decimated in Uttar Pradesh, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Saturday alleged that EVMs didn’t accept any votes accept the ones in favour of Bharatiya Janata Party. Addressing media, Mayawati questioned how votes in Muslim-dominated areas went in favour of BJP. Mayawati’s statement came just after her party suffered shocking defeat in state Assembly polls. “I have written to Election Commission in this regard, people no more have faith in EVM machines,” Mayawati said. “Most votes in Muslim majority constituencies have gone to BJP, makes it evident that voting machines were manipulated,” she added. “Either the EVMs did not accept votes other than BJP, or the votes of other parties have gone to BJP in the EVMs,” said BSP supremo.
Mayawati said this trend will have a “very bad bearing” on democracy in the country and will amount to crushing it.