Mayawati rakes up EVM issue, to move court against ‘tampering’

LUCKNOW: BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday decided to move court against the alleged tampering of EVMs and observe a ‘black day’ every month against the “murder of democracy” by the BJP.
Mayawati charged that the BJP victory in UP polls smacks of “dishonesty” and “fraud” and “After we did not get a proper reply from the Election Com-mission on our complaint lodged with them soon after the results were announced on March 11, 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.
The BSP leader was speaking to mediapersons ahead of addressing partymen at a review meeting on debacle in the recent polls. BSP, which had 80 MLAs in the outgoing Assembly, managed to win just 19 seats in the 403-member House.
“Our party has also decided to launch an agitation in Uttar Pradesh and other states to expose this fraud…the party will observe ‘black day’ at all the district headquarters in UP and state headquarters in other states on the 11th of every month, the date on which they murdered democracy, and the first demonstration will be on April 11,” she said.
The BSP leader, who had alleged largescale tampering in the EVMs soon after results were announced on March 11, said that in order to hide its “dishonest victory”, BJP has now taken refuge in saying had that been the case they would have done the same in Punjab, Goa and Manipur.
“Our partymen are saying they voted for BSP, but the votes went to ‘Kamal’ (lotus)…they are wondering as to how this could have happened,” Mayawati said. “In Muslim and Dalit-dominated areas too it is the BJP which has got the votes…BJP is saying that they got the vote of Muslim women over their stand on triple talaq…will they (Muslim women) accept BJP when they are first associated with their religion and (also) when BJP did not give even a single ticket to Muslim?
“Had they been well wishers of Muslim women, they could have given 20 to 25 tickets to them,” Mayawati said. The BSP chief alleged that to divert people’s attention from this “fraud”, BJP leaders and some ‘dalal-type’ people sit in the media (discussions) along with some others of different parties and try to change the minds of the people. “You are dishonest, you killed democracy and committed fraud and so are doing all this…chor kabhi nahi kehta hum chor hain (a thief will never say he has committed theft). If they are honest and clean, what is the need for clarifications?” she said in her hard-hitting remarks.
The BSP chief charged that if the BJP comes to power again in 2019, it will either make the reservation policy ineffective or end it completely as per the RSS agenda. “This is well depicted in the ‘chaal, charitra, niti and neeyat’ of these people,” she said.