Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Wednesday said she will move court against the alleged tampering of the Electronic Voting Machines by the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, reported PTI. The party will also observe a “black day” on the 11th of every month, “the date on which they [the BJP] murdered democracy”, she said.
“The party has decided to go to court in this matter so as to save [the country] from such a fraud in the future and save democracy,” she said. “You are dishonest, you killed democracy and committed fraud,” she said. The first such “black day” demonstration will be held on April 11.
Mayawati said the BJP had not tried to tamper the EVMs in smaller states like Goa and Manipur “as they had to keep something for their defence”. “This win smacks of dishonesty, fraud and murder of democracy,” she added. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also demanded re-polls through traditional paper ballots.
After the Assembly results were announced on March 11, the BSP chief had alleged that the EVMs were tampered with by the BJP. However, the Election Commission had said there was “no merit” to the BSP’s complaints and that the accusations made by the party were not “legally tenable”.
On Wednesday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made similar allegations and said about 20% to 25% of the Aam Aadmi Party’s votes in the Punjab Assembly elections were “transferred” to the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance.