New Delhi, March 14: After the results of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections were announced on Saturday, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati alleged that the electronic voting machines were being tampered to help the Bharatiya Janata Party win the polls in a massive manner.
Days later, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to the Election Commission, asking EVMs should not be used for the upcoming municipal elections in Delhi. The election to the three municipal corporations of Delhi will be held in April.
Arvind Kejriwal writes to Election Commission, saying EVMs should not be used for upcoming Municipal Elections in Delhi (file pic) pic.twitter.com/UTzxHuCcuf— ANI (@ANI_news) March 14, 2017
"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 the BJP," said Mayawati, after her election defeat.
"People's trust in EVM voting is broken. The BJP has tampered with the EVMs in Uttar Pradesh. I have written to the EC in this regard, people no more have faith in EVMs. It's is an attack on democracy. Whatever reports I am getting from my sources, in many areas people have not even voted for the BJP, but the party is emerging as winner," she added.
While the EC has rubbished the allegations as false, leaders like Kejriwal, Samajwadi Party president and former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and Rashtriya Janata Dal founder Lalu Prasad Yadav had asked the authorities to look into Mayawati's charges against EVMs.