Mayawati’s rigged EVM claim: BJP gives stinging reply to BSP supremo

BSP chief Mayawati may have alleged that EVMs were tampered during the elections in Uttar Pradesh. But, BJP found something else defective.

Reacting to Mayawati’s allegations, BJP dismissed her allegations as ridiculous, and asked her to be gracious in defeat.

“When you win, EVMs are right. When you lose, EVMs are wrong. This shows that there are some defects in you,” Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters outside Parliament on Wednesday, clearly chiding Mayawati.

He went on to add that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are under the control of the Election Commission (EC), which itself has clarified that the allegations of rigging hold no ground. “You should gracefully accept the people’s mandate. People’s have rejected you,” Venkaiah Naidu added.

Mayawati smiling photo

BSP Supremo and UP Former Chief Minister Mayawati. Photo courtesy: Jhon Dhon/Wikipedia.

BJP Party’s UP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya was quoted as saying in a PTI report, “When Mayawati and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav had won the elections, the EVMs were okay but when BJP won, EVMs are not okay. Mayawati should get herself treated by some good doctor.” He also alleged that Mayawati engineered her own downfall by supported the wealthy and ignoring the dalits.

While Mayawati had alleged that BJP won in UP due to rigged EVMs, and even demanded re-election through ballot papers, EC replied that there was “no merit” in her allegations. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too claimed that EVMs may have been tampered with in Punjab. He has even sought use of ballot papers for next month’s Delhi municipal polls.

BJP and allies put up a strong show in Uttar Pradesh, winning 325 of the 403 assembly seats. SP was a distant second with 47 seats while its ally Congress won just seven. The BSP also was routed winning merely 19 seats.

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