Crying foul after a shock defeat in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) today accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of manipulating the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the polls. The BSP supremo alleged that all votes went directly to the BJP and that people have lost faith in EVMs. Addressing reporters, Mayawati said, “Most votes in Muslim majority constituencies have gone to BJP. This makes it evident that voting machines were manipulated. Either the EVMs did not accept votes other than BJP, or the votes of other parties have gone to BJP in the EVMs.”
Attacking BJP President Amit Shah, Mayawati said, “If Amit Shah is clean then he should get elections conducted on ballot papers. This will bring the real situation in the picture. ”
“I have written to Election Commission in this regard, people no more have faith in EVM machines,” she added.
According to the Election Commission data until 2.50 pm, as per the Election commission data, BSP was leading on 17 seats and won only 2 seats two so far. In contrast, BJP had wond 56 and leading on 248%. while the Samajwadi Party had won 11 seats and leading on 42 seats. The Indian National Congress had won one seat and leading on only 8 seats, while Rashtriya Lok Dal could get only only one seat. BJP’s small allies Apna Dal and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party had won over 13 seats.
The EC data also clearly shows that Mayawati’s claim that EVMs were wrong is manipulated is wrong. Had it been so, how could BSP manage to get 22.2% vote share in the state. In 2012, BSP had managed to get 25.91% votes.
Mayawati based her allegation on the question as to why BJP won in Muslim-dominated areas. However, her claim falls flat where real poll data is taken into consideration. Consider these five Muslim-dominated constituencies in Uttar Pradesh.
At the time of writing this report, SP was leading with 95,287 votes in Moradabad Rural constituency. It was followed by 68, 0826 votes of BJP and 23,357 votes of RLD. The BSP was trailing at the fourth position with 19922 votes. Similarly in some other Muslim-dominated constituencies, the number of voters were as follows:
Azamgarh: SP-87666, BJP- 61643, BSP – 57,937
Deoband: BJP-102244, BSP-72844, SP-55,385
Saharanpur: INC-87,689; BSP-75,365, BJP-58,752
Rampur: SP-99,627; BJP- 54,797, BSP – 52,637
Sambhal”: SP -79,248, AIMIM – 60.426, BJP – 59,976
These numbers from a few Muslim-dominated areas of the city clearly show that BSP lost its votes to SP and the BJP. The EVM manipulation claim doesn’t hold water.