Lucknow, April 14: On Friday, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati dragged the Bharatiya Janata Party into the ongoing debate on tampering of electronic voting machines. The Dalit leader accused the ruling party of tampering EVMs during the recent Uttar Pradesh assembly elections 2017.
"The BJP tampered EVMs in 250 seats out of 403. The tampering of the EVMs happened in constituencies where the BJP was very weak," Mayawati was quoted as saying by ANI.
After the results of UP assembly elections were announced on March 11, the BSP supremo alleged that the EVMs were being tampered to help the BJP win the polls in a massive manner. In the elections, the BJP and its alliance won 325 seats in the 403-member UP Assembly. The BSP won just 19 seats.
It is not only Mayawati, but Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also alleged that EVMs were tampered during Goa and Punjab assembly elections. Although several Congress leaders also maintain that EVMs were tampered during the elections in five states, a few leaders of the Congress such as Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh rubbished such allegations.
The Election Commission on Wednesday threw an 'open challenge' to people to hack its EVMs, a move which comes after opposition parties urged it to revert to the paper ballot system as they raised doubts over infallibility of the machines.
"From the first week of May, experts, scientists, technocrats can come for a week or 10 days and try to hack the machines," an official source said. They said the challenge will be open for a week or 10 days and will have various levels.