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.
“The results in UP and Uttarakhand are surprising and not palatable to anyone…it seems EVMs did not accept votes polled for any party other than BJP,” she said. “It is a matter of common discussion here that even if button is pressed for any other party, vote will be polled in favour of BJP,” Mayawati said. The BSP chief claimed that a similar complaint was made by her partymen in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls but she had preferred to stay silent thinking it was Modi wave and anti-Congress sentiment.
She said it was “unacceptable” that the BJP was winning even in Muslim-dominated areas. “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 party,” she said.
The BSP chief said that she has written a letter to the Election Commission in this regard and demanded that the declaration of results should be immediately stopped and fresh polls be held in the state using paper ballots after an impartial inquiry into the EVMs.
BSP, which has been completely rejected by people, fell from 80 seats to 20 seats in the elections. However, as per the Election Commission of India, BJP has secured 40 per cent vote share, BSP has bagged 22 per cent, while SP has also managed to get around 22 per cent seats.
While on the other hand, Amit Shah-led Bharatiya Janat Party won close to 300 seats, an unprecedented victory for the sffron party. The Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party-Congress coalition won close to 80 seats, putting it in the second spot in the state. Senior BJP leader and state unit president Keshav Prasad Maurya credited the victory to joint efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah.
The leads are unprecedented for the saffron party as it looks all set to form the government with more that 2/3rd majority for the first time. As per teshe early trends, the SP+Congress was leading in 69 seats while the Mayawati-led BSP was ahead in just 19 seats.
During the election campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took it upon himself to lead the campaign for his party BJP and also sought votes in his name from the voters. It seems the voters were highly impressed by PM Modi’s growth-oriented policies while the so-called development claims of the Akhilesh Yadav government didn’t convince the voters.
The final numbers of the Uttar Pradesh elections are yet to be out. But if early trends are to be believed, BJP may cross the 300 seats mark, or what in cricketing parlance is known as a triple century.