UP election results: Mayawati demands re-election, says EVMs have been tampered with
After a humiliating defeat in the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, Bahujan Samaj party Supremo Mayawati demanded re-elections alleging that Electronic Voting machines were tampered with. Addressing the media in Lucknow, Mayawati said that the results were 'very surprising and unbelievable'.
"Most votes in Muslim majority constituencies have gone to the BJP, makes it evident that voting machines were manipulated," she said.
"Either the EVMs did not accept votes other than to the BJP, or the votes of other parties have gone to the BJP in the EVMs," Mayawati added.
Mayawati said that she had written to the Election Commission about people not having faith in the electronic voting machines and that the counting and announcement of results of assembly polls of both Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh should be stopped immediately.
"If the prime minister and BJP president Amit Shah are in the clear, let there be elections with ballot papers. The truth will then be out," she demanded.
The BSP supremo who was reduced to a non-entity with the BJP's massive victory in Uttar Pradesh demanded that the EVMs be investigated with the help of foreign experts and that elections should be held once again using the old ballot paper method of polling.