UP election results: BJP tampered with EVMs, alleges Mayawati; seeks fresh election using paper ballots

Terming the results as “shocking”, she said the Election Commission should stop the counting and withhold results and hold fresh polls using traditional paper ballots.

UP election results: BJP tampered with EVMs, alleges Mayawati; seeks fresh election using paper ballots

BSP chief Mayawati whose party received a major drubbing in the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, on Saturday accused the BJP of tampering with the EVMs and demanded fresh poll with the use of ballot paper.

Mayawati alleged that the voting was fudged and accused the BJP and its workers of tampering with the electronic voting machines. She said that she will write to the Election Commission to conduct a fresh poll in the state.

Terming the results as "shocking", she said the Election Commission should stop the counting and withhold results and hold fresh polls using traditional paper ballots.

As results and trends went in favour of the BJP in a big way, she called a press conference in a hurried manner and dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to ask the poll panel to hold fresh elections in the state "if they have an iota of morality and honesty left in them".

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.

"Muslims constitute 20% 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.