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Why EVMs? Who's Afraid of Ballot Paper? BSP Supremo Mayawati Has the Answer

On her 62nd birthday, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Supremo Mayawati on Monday attacked both BJP and Congress, and accused them of being hand-in-glove.

Qazi Faraz Ahmad | News18.com@qazifarazahmad

Updated:January 15, 2018, 6:19 PM IST
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Why EVMs? Who's Afraid of Ballot Paper? BSP Supremo Mayawati Has the Answer
BSP supremo Mayawati on Monday released the 13th edition of "Mere Sangharshmay Jeevan Evam BSP Movement Ka Safarnama" (A Travelogue on My Struggle and BSP Movement). (Photo courtesy: Bahujan Samaj Party@BSPUttarPradesh).
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Lucknow: On her 62nd birthday, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Supremo Mayawati wanted to know why was BJP afraid of holding elections through paper ballots.

Addressing a press conference in the city, Mayawati said: "If BJP leaders consider themselves honest and believe in their work, why are they afraid of conducting future elections through ballot papers, instead of EVMs?"

The debate over the authenticity of EVMs has been on for nearly an year now. Other political parties, including the Congress and Samajwadi Party, too, previously raised the possibility of tampering with EVMs. The Election Commission, however, has rejected the charge.

Soon after cutting the birthday cake, Mayawati attacked both BJP and Congress, and accused them of being hand-in-glove. She even released the 13th edition of book "Mere Sangharshmay Jeevan Evam BSP Movement Ka Safarnama" (A Travelogue on My Struggle and BSP Movement).

On being asked about the alliance for 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, Mayawati said, "I have answered the questions regarding alliance many times earlier too," and left the dais.

In November 2017, during a meet of party workers for civic body polls in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati had said that to stop communal forces from coming in power, BSP is not against any kind of alliance with secular parties, provided BSP gets respectable number of seats.

Also, it was revealed how BSP General Secretary Satish Chandra Mishra had held meetings with Ahmed Patel and Ghulam Nabi Azad regarding seat sharing during the recently concluded Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections. However nothing substantial came out of it.

Mayawati also attacked Congress and asked the party to explain why Baba Saheb had to resign in 1951? Why Congress did not implement the recommendations of the Mandal Commission?

"Today the BJP is also trying to change the constitution, which is very dangerous. Today the judiciary is also witnessing an infighting and that is a cause for concern," said Mayawati, before adding that BJP might hold Assembly elections of eight states along with the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.

| Edited by: Bijaya Das
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