Former Samajwadi Party patriarch, Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday spoke about the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) controversy and said that the chance of an EVM being tampered with is strong. The entire EVM controversy has been sparked by the Aam Aadmi Party, who in a special session of the Delhi assembly had gone on to demonstrate the process of tampering the EVMS. The Election Commission, however, had said that the prototype EVM used by AAP was not issued by them.
Speaking to ANI, the former Samajwadi Party chief said that the machines should be shut down and people should start voting the old way by using thumb impressions and ballot papers. Earlier, Mulayam had hit out at Samajwadi Party’s alliance with the Congress, Indian Express had reported. Speaking to IE, the Samajwadi Party patron had said that the alliance with Congress was responsible for the party’s debacle in the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections.
Mulayam had also said that making his son Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister was a mistake. Saying that the Congress had left no chance to ‘ruin’ his life, Mulayam said that his son had still gone ahead and forged an alliance with the party. “Alliance with Congress is responsible for the present poor state of the party. I had advised Akhilesh not to go ahead with it but he did so. The SP is itself responsible for its defeat and not the people of the state”, he had told reporters. Mulayam had continued the attack on both Akhilesh and Congress and said that it was their fault. He said that if he would have been the Chief Minister, Samajwadi party would not have been facing such a situation. “It was my mistake that I made Akhilesh chief minister. From 224 we were reduced to 47. And it is when I went to Jaunpur for supporting Shivpal. I should have been the chief minister,” Mulayam had been reported saying.
Mulayam and his son, Akhilesh Yadav have been at loggerheads for a long time now. So much so, that Akhilesh had taken over the party from Mulayam after their feud over who owns the party symbol had reached the Election Commission.