Uttar Pradesh 2017

There are defects in you, not in EVMs, Venkaiah Naidu tells Mayawati

A file photo of Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu.

A file photo of Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu.   | Photo Credit: C.V. Subrahmanyam

“You should gracefully accept the people’s mandate. People’s have rejected you,” the Union Minister says

The BJP on Wednesday ridiculed BSP chief Mayawati’s allegations of electronic voting machines (EVMs) tampering and asked her to “gracefully accept the people’s mandate.”

“When you win, EVMs are right. When you lose, EVMs are wrong. This shows that there are some defects in you (Mayawati),” Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said outside Parliament.

He said EVMs are under the control of the Election Commission (EC) which has dubbed the allegations as “wrong.”

“You should gracefully accept the people’s mandate. People’s have rejected you (BSP),” Mr. Naidu said.

 

Party’s U.P. chief Keshav Prasad Maurya said, “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 claimed that Ms. Mayawati had supported the wealthy and not the Dalits which led to her poll debacle.

The BSP chief had alleged that the BJP won with a thumping majority as the EVMs had been rigged and had sought a re-election.

She demanded that re-polling be held through ballot papers.

However, the EC had said that there was “no merit” in her allegations of EVM tampering.

 

After Ms. Mayawati, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday claimed that EVMs may have been tampered with in Punjab to keep AAP out of power. Mr. Kejriwal, on Tuesday, sought the use of ballot papers in next month’s municipal polls in the national capital.

The BJP, along with its ally, had stormed to power in Uttar Pradesh after 14 years, securing 325 of the 403 Assembly seats.

On the other hand, the SP won 47 seats, while its ally the Congress got seven seats. The BSP won 19 seats.

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